4 Ways to Keep your game sharp before the season

If you live in a colder climate you know the feeling of watching that weather forecast and seeing your golf days slowly deplete week by week. Nothing is worse than putting our clubs in the garage and seeing golf course lakes freeze over. Unfortunately, the same exact thing happens with our golf game. It goes in hibernation mode only hanging on to the practice we obtained during the season.  The good news is nowadays there is a multitude of ways to keep your game sharp before next season thanks to indoor facilities, technology, books, and coaches.

1) Get your body, swing ready.

When it comes to producing a powerful and efficient golf swing most people look at the swing mechanics and forget about the body movement of said golfer. Most these guys on the PGA Tour have training year round to be as mobile and flexible as possible. Finding a qualified fitness trainer preferably one TPI certified can help your golf game immensely and here's why. The majority of golfers can’t move in the same range of motion as these top tour athletes. But the good news is you can get better at moving you.  The faster you get to training the engine of your golf swing "the body" the faster you will see distance improvements, more endurance, and better focus for every round you play.

2) Sign up for a Golf Evaluation.

You know when you have that ache or pain and you go see the doctor and he gives you medicine or a corrective? Well it’s about time you do the same for those sliced drives, duffed chips, and nasty 3 putts. Taking a golf evaluation is great for improvement because it gives you a clear picture of what exactly is going on and how to fix it. Too often we open up the golf digest and take advice that might not fit our game and it ends up making us worse and we do not  know why. Everyone is different, and no 2 swings are exactly the same, that's why it is crucial to get your game analyzed so you can hit straighter drives, closer chips, and more one putts.

3) Obtain knowledge to lower your score.

One of Arnold Palmer's famous quotes "Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind", really gives you a taste of how mentally strong you have to be through a round of golf.  The mental game is often overlooked by the amateur golfer or weekend warrior, and subsequently that leads to higher scores. There are many golf psychology books that can take shots off your game just as fast as a new shiny driver. More often than not, by gaining more knowledge on aspects of golf such as course management, pre-shot routine, relaxing your mind between shots, and putting with confidence can lower your scores quickly. Some authors works to research would be that of Bob Rotella, Pia Nilsson, and Joseph Parent. The faster you begin to think like a professional the closer you will be to lowering your handicap.

4) Diagnose your Equipment.

Having the right equipment in your bag that is custom built to your game is a real game changer. For instance, if your father hands you down some old Ping irons and they are 3 degrees flat on lie angle get ready to see your shots fly straight to the right. Then you notice that they're an inch short of your playing length, this will change your posture and ultimately change your swing from the start. Finding a Golf Digest Top 100 Club Fitter is your best bet at getting fit for the perfect set. They will go through the entire bag checking everything from length, lie, flex, kick point, as well giving you a plethora of heads to choose from.  Also, if you're interested in playing tournament golf keep in mind that your opponents will more likely than not be custom fit with their equipment, and if you aren't, you may be at a disadvantage before you even head to the first tee.

If you hit these main 4 areas over the off season you will undoubtedly put yourself in the position to shoot your lowest scores possible. Once you strengthen your body and mind, take a golf evaluation, and diagnose your equipment you will be well on your way to your best golf season yet.

Jordan Hamsley