Do you dread the first snowfall of the season because it puts an end to your golf game? It’s inevitable in some climates and golfers everywhere will spend time fantasizing about the next golf season in the spring. Try some of these tips and tricks to keep your golf game sharp during the off season. Tips for Improving Your Golf Game Try putting or chipping on your carpet. Try a gentle swing indoors on your carpet to keep your muscle memory sharp. The friction of your carpet and the fairway can sometimes be quite similar so practicing indoors may help. Visit your local golf range. Just because the course is covered in snow doesn’t mean that you can’t get out and take a few swings at the golf range. This can be one of the best ways to keep up your muscle memory. Practicing your swing helps your motor memory throughout the colder months. Watch golf. Learn more about the game from watching and keep your head in the golf mindset. New tricks If you know of a golf simulator in your area, try to get in to use it. It may not be the same as getting out to play a round of actual golf, but it may be the closest thing you can get during the off season. If you’re lucky enough to have a mid-winter tropical vacation, plan for a round or two. Work on your mental game. Think about your pre-shot routine, taking deep breaths, relaxing and visualizing shots in your head. A good mental game can be just as important as your swing. Try a low-impact workout like yoga or Pilates. Workouts like this will help to improve your flexibility and range of motion. Keeping your joints moving will help you regain muscle memory and keep your game sharp. Practice your swing in the mirror, looking at your form and working on other areas you need to improve. Try practicing with weighted clubs. It will help your muscles stay familiar until you’re back on the course. Looking forward to spring Work on keeping your muscle memory fresh, so that when you do get back onto the golf course, you’re ready for a great season. Keep your muscles and joints moving, think about your game, and work on your swing.
November 21, 2016 — Natalie Montoya

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