Originally Posted by boil3rmak3r
I have a net in a spare room in the house and hit into it a few nights per week. When it's not too late, I'll hit real golf balls. When it's a little later and I don't want to wake anyone up, I hit whiffle golf balls. I will often use a swing speed radar to see my swing speed. With a short iron (that's all I hit inside), my average swing speed is about 6 mph faster when hitting the whiffle balls.
What is it about swinging at a real ball vs a whiffle ball that produces different swing speeds? Is it simply the fixation of a real ball that mentally makes me hesitant? Also, can hitting a whiffle ball help to ingrain a "there's no real ball down there" mentality that I could transition to hitting a real golf ball?
Is this whole thing just me, or does it happen with others?
I also have a net in one of my rooms and I can see why. For me, when I hit real balls, I do an easier swing, mostly because I have fear of me hitting the ball anywhere but the net. I also have the Almost Golf Balls which basically a heavy foam ball and I don't let up as much because there's a lot less risk of damage.
Also, what PirateJim said, when I do hit the foam balls, I don't feel much of an impact and seem to just swing through it. When hitting real balls, I do feel a slow down after impact.