Build a Better Winter Golf Training Program

It’s halfway through winter and you may be itching to get out to make progress on your golf game but there’s snow on the ground and it’s 20 degrees outside. How can you prevent being rusty with your shots and putting once spring arrives? The answer is a simple one: Build a better winter training program for your golf game.

Here are several tips for staying at the top of your game over the cold winter months.

Hit the Gym.
Even just a few days a week can be the difference between having power in your swing and stamina for the game or heading onto the course rusty and out of shape. Strength training and cardio for endurance are essential to performing well, in golf and in life. There are numerous exercises for building and strengthening muscles, including squats and lunges, core work and dumbbell raises. Find a trainer who can put together a program for you to work on your shoulders, back, abdomen and legs. Then after the strength training, hit the treadmill and work up to several miles without stopping. Remember, it’s important to stretch before and after each workout to prevent injury.

Practice Indoors.
Leave your remote control golf caddy in the garage while you visit an indoor driving range or set up a putting green in your family room to practice because it’s all about maintaining that muscle memory for your swing or put. Many major urban areas have indoor driving ranges where you can work on your swing throughout the cold winter months. If you can’t find an indoor facility near you, then try setting up a putting green at home with a chipping turf mat you can find online. Then practice, over and over again.

Take a Vacation.
This tip may seem like an obvious one, but it truly is a great way to get in some real practice and continue to improve your game. There are many warm-weather golf destinations to visit in the winter, from Florida to the Bahamas and Arizona to Baja, for some great rounds of golf. It’s also a great way, given the time and expense, to benchmark where you’re at with your game and what you can continue to work on the rest of the winter. Take your own clubs and golf bag on the trip!

Watch Lots of Videos.
It goes without saying that you can learn by watching the pros. In between your workouts and indoor practice, watch as many videos with professional golfers as possible, studying their technique and learning new tips. There are virtually hundreds of golf videos online and great instructional videos you can purchase as well.

With a little bit of planning and a healthy dose of discipline, you can build your own winter training program that keeps you strong, sharp and in practice for your golf game come spring.

Three Best Mallet Putters for 2019

Golf Influence has recently named the top-rated mallet putters for 2019 and they’re all remarkable putters for increasing your putting performance. Without further ado, here are the three best mallet putters of 2019:

TaylorMade Spider Tour
One of the hottest putter models on the PGA Tour, the new Spider X has been reengineered in three distinct ways for optimal stability and better alignment.

• A steel frame combined with a carbon composite sole for extreme perimeter weighting in a more streamlined shape.
• Improved True Path alignment technology for increased putting accuracy.
• An improved pure roll insert for a better feel and more topspin to help the ball start rolling smoothly, prevent skidding and stay on its intended line.

With the enhanced Spider X, TaylorMade has placed the focus on how the putter feels through the stroke, stable while at the same time forgiving, to make putting easier.

Golf Influence agrees, stating that “with technological enhancements that aided in creating the most balanced putter on the market, TaylorMade has crafted a mallet that places a strong emphasis on feel throughout the putting stroke.”

The Spider X comes in several different options—with True Path alignment, single sightline or single bed—and two different colors, copper or navy.

Odyssey Red O-Works #7
The Odyssey Red O-Works #7 scored a 20 out 0f 20 by Golf Digest last year, receiving a gold medal on their “Hot List 2018”. Their line of Red O-Works putters has consistently been among the best on the market and this year is no exception.

The O-Works Red #7 is a modified mallet with a double-bend hosel and weighted alignment wings making it beyond compare for arc-stroke putting. The mallet’s clean, attractive red finish is extremely popular among professional golfers

Odyssey’s real competitive edge is their Microhinge technology. The steel Microhinge plate with thermoplastic layer molded on the inside provides a great feel, an increased topspin and smooth roll. Odyssey is continuously working on shapes for ultimate performance, but it seems for now they’ve perfected the fanged putter with toe hang “for players who like to feel the face of their putter rotate more in their stroke.”

Cleveland Huntington Beach #6 Mallet Putter
According to Golf Influence, “Perhaps one of the most underrated producers of quality putters, Cleveland has outdone themselves with the introduction of the Huntington Beach line.”
With its classic design, the Huntington Beach #6 putter is a sleek stainless-steel mallet with a precision diamond-shaped mill face in a pattern four times deeper than Cleveland’s previous generation of putters. The deeper milling pattern enables increased friction on impact and a better, more consistent roll. The stainless steel has a softer feel, is easier to bend and can be customized to fit your stroke with an 8-degree range (+/- 4 degree) of lie angle bending.

In addition to the #6 putter, the Huntington Beach collection features five other traditional putter shapes.

If you’re in the market for a new putter this year, you won’t be disappointed with any of these three top-rated mallet putters and how they improve your performance on the putting green.