Winter is almost here. And that probably means that at least for a few months, you’ll be spending less time on the golf course. But that shouldn’t keep you from staying on top of your game.
One of the best ways to keep your game sharp is to regularly practice your swing. Luckily, you don’t need to be outdoors to do this. Practicing your putting stroke is easy—just find a room with very short carpet and set up some targets (a few coins will do the trick). You can take a similar approach with short chipping practice.
To practice your full swing, head out to the garage or a room with high ceilings (nine feet should be high enough if you’re of average height), and practicing swinging at varying speeds. A good strategy is to take swings at 10% of your normal speed, and then to slowly work your way up to 100%. You can also use a weighted club to help improve your strength.
If you want to hit a few balls inside, you can purchase a hitting net. Just make sure your ceiling is high enough for a full backswing and that you’re close enough to the net so your ball won’t go flying through your drywall. You can even make a hitting net yourself with a bit of creativity. Try setting up a couple chairs with a heavy comforter draped and secured between them. If your swing can be erratic, use foam or practice golf balls when hitting into a net.
Golf is a game that rewards strength and flexibility. And winter is the perfect time to improve your physical shape. Be sure to have a regular workout routine at least 3-4 days a week when you can’t hit the links. This won’t just help improve your skills on the course—it can help you avoid injuries as well. And by stretching regularly, you’ll be able to generate more power with less effort by enhancing leverage.
If you don’t mind spending some dough, you can get an indoor golf simulator. While not the real thing, golf simulators are an entertaining way to practice your game wherever you like. Check out the Optishot, an infrared golf simulator that let’s you practice all your shots indoors, from driving to chipping to putting.
And finally, keep golfing! Many courses stay open year round, even in colder climates. Just be sure to wear heavy gloves in between shots so that you can properly grip your clubs. And during the winter, it’s usually a better idea to walk the course instead of riding in a cart—you’ll warm up faster!