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Old 06-23-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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Practicing with a net

Do you feel it is worth the investment to get a good net. If so what type of drills do you recommend?
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:11 AM   #2
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Re: Practicing with a net

if you have ever played golf, a net is not a good investment, you have no idea if your ball slices, or hooks hitting it into a net or not. its more of a learning tool for people who have never swung a club imo
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:31 AM   #3
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Re: Practicing with a net

Ya for reasons naggarsrus said I wonder if its possible that you may reinforce mistakes? Also without the feedback I could see it getting boring and under used.

That said I live in canada so during the off season I set one up in my garage one year I was at a level where hitting the ball solid more consistantly was my main concern, so I believe it helped in that regard, hitting a lot of 3 irons especially. Also I guess it could be cool when used in conjunction with a high speed camera.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:35 AM   #4
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Re: Practicing with a net

probably more useful to do drills with no ball at all than to whack balls into a net off of a piece of carpet
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:06 AM   #5
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Re: Practicing with a net

If you cant get to the range for whatever reason I'd say its a good idea. I'd only do it with a high speed camera and specific things/positions your working on.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:10 AM   #6
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Re: Practicing with a net

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probably more useful to do drills with no ball at all than to whack balls into a net off of a piece of carpet
I tried this for awhile, then as soon as I put a ball back in front of me I just went back to the same old thing. For me anyway, I need to hit the ball or the drills don't seem to stick.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:33 AM   #7
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Re: Practicing with a net

might not be a bad idea for ball striking. I can usually tell by the sound how I hit it
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:39 PM   #8
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Re: Practicing with a net

Of course a grass tee range is always your best bet but if you don't have easy access to a quality range then a driving net will totally suffice.

As a junior I spent hundreds of hours hitting into a net in my back yard. It was a lot of fun and definitely very beneficial.

You need to see your ball flight sometimes but if you have played a fair bit of golf then you can probably guess your results pretty accurately based off of feel and launch angle. Besides, it's not like range balls are that accurate anyways.

OP just make sure you are hitting off a surface that somewhat resembles real grass. You probably don't want to have your feet on concrete or uneven ground when you practice.
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:20 PM   #9
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Re: Practicing with a net

A net can also be helpful for other reasons

1.warming up and strengthening and stretching your golf muscles. Either just before a round when you know you don't have time for the range, or inside over the winter when you are trying to keep or increase flexibility.

2. For some drills it is better to NOT know where your ball is going. If you are working on coming from the inside and are trying to focus on certain positions you are trying to get to, then being worried about ball flight may not be helpful. You can practice your drills and then go to the range periodically and fix what ever club face, etc issues that you have to tweak with your new path.

It just doesn't make sense to work too much on anything without periodically going to the range to see what the complete outcome is.

worst part about the net is not the net, but hitting off most type of mats. Shots that seem crisp off the mat can be fat on the course. No fun to find out you just practiced hitting 200 iron shots fat.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:33 PM   #10
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Back in high school I bought one of the cheaper nets and set it up in my driveway.

First shot went right through the net and about 5 ft above my neighbors house.

Don't go cheap.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:39 PM   #11
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probably more useful to do drills with no ball at all than to whack balls into a net off of a piece of carpet
Yeah hitting off mats isn't all that great for you. I worked at a driving range in high school and after beating thousands of balls over a couple of years my left wrist went to ****. If I did pushups I'd have to do knuckle ups because of how bad it hurt to bend my wrist backwards.

It took over a year of not hitting off of mats to get back to normal.

I realize that won't happen to everyone but unless you pony up for the top of the line mat then you're basically hitting down into concrete with a thin layer of rubber on top.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:47 PM   #12
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if you have ever played golf, a net is not a good investment, you have no idea if your ball slices, or hooks hitting it into a net or not. its more of a learning tool for people who have never swung a club imo
Well this isn't true either imo. You can get some good reps in with a net.

A mat + net in a basement can be a good way to keep some sort of feel throughout a long winter. Or if you're just not able to get out to the course/range that often even when the weather is good.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:21 AM   #13
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Re: Practicing with a net

A net is bad when you have a bad swing with bad habits, and just beat balls into it, further ingraining the bad swing/habits.

A net is good when you are working on specific things/drills to correct your bad habits, and in a lot of cases it is better that you cannot see where your ball goes.
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Old 06-27-2014, 08:41 PM   #14
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A net is bad when you have a bad swing with bad habits, and just beat balls into it, further ingraining the bad swing/habits.

A net is good when you are working on specific things/drills to correct your bad habits, and in a lot of cases it is better that you cannot see where your ball goes.
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Old 06-28-2014, 02:20 PM   #15
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Re: Practicing with a net

u could say the same thing about blindly smashing balls on the range

I don't think that your criticism is specific to net use.
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