Winter is never a favorite season for golfers! Many days are spent watching golf and counting the days until courses open again. But fear not! The winter season does not mean that you can’t improve your swing, game and be ready for the 2018 season. Most professionals take an off season. It’s good for the mind and body. But then they come out fresh and ready! Here are some things you can do if you are reading this with your favorite courses under snow.
1. PUTT INSIDE
It is great practice to simply work on your putting stroke on the carpet inside. All you need is a straight line. Put down a piece of duck tape, 24 inches on the tile and work on your stroke. If you do this with good form 100x a day, your stroke will be more consistent than when you took your winter break.
Really stretch and actually do it. 15 min a day. Put a towel in front of the TV or stand in golf posture and work on your rotation, stretch your shoulders, hips, and hamstrings. You’re going to be watching football, so take the commercial breaks and get in some stretches.
3. NEW GRIPS
This is a great time to get your clubs re-gripped. The rain and sweat in those grips adds up. There is no better feel than a fresh set of grips. Its your only connection to the club. Start the season with new grips.
4. MIRROR WORK
When a tour player is making a swing change, oftentimes they don’t do all the work on the practice range. A great place to make those swing changes is in front of a mirror, inside. You can work on your set up or on your shoulder turn. If you are instructed to change your grip, then this is the time! Get comfortable with a new grip in the winter and swing in front of the mirror…carefully!
5. READ A GOLF BOOK
Read a golf book about the mental side of the game. It could be the biggest improvement in your game and help you lower scores and enjoy your rounds. Many of your buddies probably aren’t reading a book on how to get sharper and more focused with their game, so you will come out with a fresh mind set. My favorite mental golf books are:
“Learn to Win One shot at a Time” Dr Morris Pickens
“The Pro” Butch Harmon
“Unconcious Putting” Dave Stockton
“Every Shot Must Have a Purpose” Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott
“Tiger Woods: How I play Golf” Tiger Woods
“Golf In the Kingdom” Michael Murphy
6. TAKE A LESSON
No reason to wait until the weather is better. Most golf teachers have an indoor or covered facility. Go into a TopGolf, Golfsmith, Roger Dunn and get your swing analyzed and see where it’s at and evaluate what you need to work on to get dialed in before the season.
7. STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE
You knew it was coming! Getting your core stronger equals longer drives, more consistent shots, and a natural brace to prevent injuries. Find a way to make core strengthening more enjoyable. Get it done early in the day, in the gym, or watching the news. It’s a must for golf and life!
8. SWING INSIDE
By now you know what to work on in your swing. Swing inside 100 times a day. Go through the swings meticulously. Feel what you are trying to do. This is really important practice and the best way to stay sharp and break the habits of last year.
9. GET YOUR CLUBS CHECKED
You can do this inside and it’s so important to make sure that your clubs loft and lie have not changed. Also that your clubs are actually set up for you!!! Check your wedges and make sure everything is in order. No need to have an 8 iron & 9 iron that have the same loft. It happens. Clubs change through travel and cart use.
Enjoy the last few weeks of winter and work on these 9 tips to get you ready for your Best Golf season yet!!!!!!!!