Improving your golf game in the off season

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 and suggestions

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.

Storing your golf gear properly until Spring

After the last day of golf season passes, typically preceded by a large blizzard, it’s time to consider how to properly store your golf equipment, until your next use. Once you’ve spent the appropriate amount of time mourning the end of the season, you need to take care of your golf bag, clubs, electronic golf caddy and more in a safe space. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that your gear stays safe and protected until next seasons’ first game.

Store your clubs and golf bag in a dry, warm place. A place that is temperature controlled, like a heated garage would be perfect. Changing temperatures can damage or warp your clubs, so keeping them away from the cold is a good idea.

Making sure the area around your golf bag or remote controlled golf caddy is dry, can be extremely key. If mold or mildew takes over your golf bag, it can be quite difficult to get rid of it, so be sure the surrounding area is dry.

Clean your clubs before you put them away for the season. It goes without saying, that storing your clubs all season with mud, grit or grass on them isn’t very good for them. Be sure to let them dry completely before you put them away.

Use your headcovers. They’re designed to prevent scratches and dust on the heads of your clubs, so put them on before you store your clubs for the winter.

Find a place to store your clubs so that they’re standing in an upright position. If your golf bag falls over in a closet, or gets stepped on, you could damage or bend your golf clubs.

Consider storing your golf bag with the rain hood on. Your rain hood can offer more protection during the winter months, keeping bugs, dust and moisture out.

Clean out the pockets in your golf bag or electric golf caddy before you store it. Leaving dirty clothes and towels can lead to a smelly golf bag. Make sure you’re not leaving food in your golf bag either. A forgotten granola bar can be an invite to little critters or mold over the winter.

When you’re cleaning out your bags and cleaning apparel and gear, don’t forget to show your golf gloves a little love. Clean and wash them, or decide if they’ve seen their last days and toss them.

Get rid of old golf balls. Keep some if you want for practicing, but some areas offer places to donate used golf balls for youth golfing programs.

Store your electric golf caddy in a cool stable environment, like a heated garage or basement. The batteries in your caddy need to be stored somewhere dry and moderately warm. Do not store them on a cement surface.

To ensure you get the longest lifespan out of the lithium batteries in your remote control golf caddy, charge the batteries every 12 weeks. If you have sealed lead acid batteries, they should be charged every 6 weeks.

Tips for Playing a New Course for the First Time

You’ve probably played a few different golf courses in your time. Perhaps you’re a local at a golf course in your town, playing every weekend. Chances are still high that you’ve played a couple games elsewhere. Different course have similarities and differences. Here are some tips for navigating a new course for the first time.

Check the course out

Do some research on the course. Read what the course’s website has to offer about the course, or check out client testimonials to see what they say about the course. You may learn that there’s a particularly difficult hole that trips up almost everyone. Learn about the degree of difficulty that the course has, which can help if you’re a beginner or a pro.

When you arrive at the golf club, you can also check out the layout booklet or score card. Both should provide you with a diagram of the holes. Some booklets may even provide you with possible hazards or local rules or etiquette so you don’t look like a beginner, whether you are or not.

An important tip, that most people ignore is to look at the flag locations on the 9th and 18th holes. These greens should be marked with red, white and blue pins which measure the distance to the center of the green. Noting the distance can help your swing on a new course.

Warm Up

It’s key to warm up your body and your swing before you play. Whether you’ve already been out on the course this season, or if it’s your first game, it’s important get your muscles moving before you play. Try hitting a small bucket of balls, or doing some stretches before heading out on the course.

Try taking some swings at the clubs putting green, with your electric golf caddy. You could learn a lot about the condition of the courses’ green, whether they’re slow or faster.

Out on the course

Be sure to lookout for ponds or creeks. Walk the course and slopes, let your feet tell you what’s best. Land will typically slope to water, no matter what it may look like, so factor that in when you take a swing.

If you use the first couple holes as practice holes, you can learn a ton about the course. Using this knowledge on the rest of the course, will let you overcome the first holes that you may have forfeited.

Enjoy the game, whether you’re on a favorite course or a new one. Some courses will always have difficult areas and easy areas. Follow the rules and the etiquette of the course, and you should be set.