Don’t Let the Cold Freeze Your Golf Game!
5 Things You Can Do This Off-Season to Improve Your Golf Game
The off-season in the Midwest may seem like a great time to relax, hang the golf clubs up in the garage, and watch football on the weekends, but how is that going to help your golf game? Don’t be that guy that waits for the Masters to get motivated for next year’s golf season. (Or the guy who takes a winter trip and has all the excuses for playing poorly: “I haven’t swung a club in months, so we’ll just see what happens out there.”)
If you have a better idea of what you need to be doing, then the winter months can be the best time to work on your game and see some real results! There are a few simple things you can do over the winter to keep improving your golf game, even when you can’t go outside to play.
1) Come up with a simple plan.
We’ve all heard the saying; failure to plan is planning to fail. Just like getting back in shape or making a family financial budget, you have to have a plan in order to succeed. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it just has to be something you can follow and hold yourself accountable to.
Most golfers want to get better and have great intentions of doing so in the off-season. Unfortunately, other things get in the way and priorities change. Without a plan, golf might be the first thing you, or your significant other, take off your personal to-do list.
2) Do some putting and chipping.
You probably don’t want to go crazy and set up an entertainment facility for the whole neighborhood, but you can still do some practice around the house. Putting and chipping allows you to stay connected to the game in winter, just by keeping a club in your hand for a few extra minutes each day.
You can bring your putter inside or chip golf balls in the basement into a blanket. Or maybe you can find a training aid that doesn’t require you to hit an actual golf ball. Then you can still get some quality reps in all off-season. Whatever your game needs the most is what you want to address in the off-season. Don’t wait until the first tee on opening day to test out everything you heard on the Golf Channel over the last few months.
3) Get some guidance.
The off-season is the best time to make swing changes, but you don’t want to slay that dragon on your own. Find a quality instructor first, preferably one who’s practical.
You don’t need one who wants to give you a lesson every day of the week and add twenty swing thoughts to your arsenal. Then when the next season starts, you’ll just need more lessons to undo all the confusion. Find someone who can help you come up with your plan, implement drills for you to do at home, and strategically attack your weaknesses at the right time of the year.
4) Plan a golf trip!
This doesn’t have to be a 12-day binder in Arizona, but you need something to look forward to. Studies show that if you have something on your schedule you are more likely to prepare for that event. It will always be on the back your mind, and this will make you practice more efficiently. A golf trip will help you create an off-season plan with purpose.
5) Focus on your health.
The most important and most expensive piece of golf equipment you own is your own body, so take care of it! You can add distance or consistency by getting in the gym and working on some strength and power exercises. Of course, that may only be for the die-hard golfers.
Others might prefer to take an easier route. Adding some simple stretches into your morning routine, or something as simple as working on your balance over the winter months can have a huge impact on your golf game. Even these minor practices can have major improvements to your overall game.
Getting a little better at golf in the off-season is pretty simple. Try not to overcomplicate the process, but be intentional with your goals. Golf is a difficult sport, but it’s much harder if you have to start over after 5 months of sitting around for holiday parties and watching sports instead of practicing. You’ll have a much better time on the course come spring if you stay focused year-round!