So, you wanna paste some balls “weather” it’s blustery and snowing or sweltering hot, eh. And you live in Ontario, eh? Usually that would be a big challenge. However, there are a few things you can do to keep your game sharp throughout the winter months. For instance, if your company has an office in the southern states, once it gets nasty you might arrange a trip down south and get in a few rounds on the side. Before you know it, spring will be here. Great option, if you can take the time off, eh.
But what if you’re trapped in the Great White all winter? Do you huddle in front of the fireplace with tears in your eyes and golf books on your lap? How about manically polishing your clubs while dreaming about buying the latest equipment? Or watching YouTube videos of the game’s best hitters? Perhaps golf simulators or video games will feed the need. Here are six easy ways to fill the hole in your life.
Take a lesson: Changing your swing and developing new habits takes time and repetition. Find a qualified instructor and take a lesson. The offseason provides time to develop muscle memory and make the change a habit before golf season arrives.
Practice in your mind: Our brain doesn’t know the difference between visualization and reality. Play your favourite course in your mind and picture yourself making perfect tee shots, approach shots, chips and putts.
Find an indoor facility or net: Although driving ranges are closed, there are nets for sale at online websites or you can attend an indoor driving range or golf dome.
Work on your fitness: Many golfers have physical challenges that prevent them from playing better golf. A personal trainer or fitness professional who specializes in golf can provide an evaluation based on your physical limitations and weaknesses and prescribe a workout routine to improve fitness.
Swing your clubs daily: Grab a club every day and take practice swings feeling the changes you’re working on. This will help you stay connected to your clubs and provide you with valuable repetition.
Improve your putting: Spend some time working on your putting on an artificial putting green or a carpet at home. Review your fundamentals, such as grip and setup, and try small changes to improve your stroke.