Practice Tips for Winter Golf
Winter Golf is an inconsistent time at best for practicing or playing golf. Instead, give more attention to those things you can control – like your fitness and mental strength for the game.
First, this is a time to work on your fitness. Most golf courses have hilly conditions and frequently cart path only conditions. Work on your lower body strength and overall stamina. Many golfers struggle to maintain their golf posture and lower body support for the uphill, downhill, side hill golf shots that are quite prevalent at Cobblestone. This is the time of year to use a fitness center, get a personal trainer, use an exercise bike or just begin walking and include paths that have hills. You will absolutely feel a difference when you play.
Second, if you have access to an indoor putting area, practice your putting stroke for accuracy and distance control. Putting is the most important of all strokes so keep that part of your game sharp.
Third, if the weather is good enough to hit the range, keep your game in a “tune up” state by practicing shots with all the clubs in your bag beginning with the wedges. This is a time of year that consistency is almost impossible because of the weather. Work on the continuous swing motion, staying loose, and do not be overly concerned about the results.
Fourth, play a round of golf whenever you can. This IS NOT a time of year to be too concerned about the score! It is about staying in golf shape.
The Fifth tip is an awesome, innovative and positive way to consider all your golf shots. Your mental strength, attitude, and score will improve – making the game more enjoyable.
Consider each golf shot as:
GOOD: Good, Very Good, Awesome and the best shot you have ever had!
GOOD ENOUGH: Any and all golf shots that are playable and do not create a penalty
BAD: Any shot that you incur a penalty on (OB, in Water Hazard, Unplayable lie, etc.)
Joyce Wilcox is the Academy Professional at Cobblestone Golf Course. She is an LPGA Member and US Kids Golf Top 50 Master Kids Teacher. Joyce can be reached at 770-624-7711 or firstname.lastname@example.org