Although the PGA Tour has recently improved golf’s relevance through the winter months the vast majority of us experience an offseason from the sport we love. From harsh weather or outright course closures, getting through the dark months with your sanity and your golf swing can be a difficult task. Luckily, there are several ways to get your fix during the winter months. Check out our guide to surviving golf’s offseason.
Don’t Be Picky
The best way to scratch that golf itch is to actually get on the course and play some holes. If you’re fortunate enough to have a local course open year-round, making it a priority to take advantage of the nicer winter days and tee it up will keep your game sharper than anything else on this list. Sometimes those nice days are still pretty cold, but if you check out our previous post about playing golf in extreme weather by clicking here, you’ll be just fine.
Don’t Play Ball in the House
There’s been a pretty impressive improvement in indoor golf technology over the last few years and the shag carpet putting mats of yesteryear are no more. Today, a wide range of indoor putting surfaces exist and they’re all excellent in keeping your stroke fresh during the offseason. If you’ve got some room to spare, chipping nets are another great way to keep your short game in good form. Continuing to work on your chipping and putting during the winter months will make a marked improvement on your scores the following season.
Read a Book
Recommending golf books will come off as cliche to some, but the fact is there is a wealth of knowledge available to every golfer in print form. While we won’t recommend any single book, the works of Dr. Bob Rotella and Harvey Penick are particularly popular. There is also a broad range of golf books available. From instruction specific titles and mental game help to fascinating historical works and inside stories, diving into golf literature during the offseason is a great way to grow your connection to the game.
The winter can be a trying time for you and your golf game. Instead of throwing the clubs in the closet to collect dust, pull the car out of the garage and work on your chipping game or crack open a book about navigating the course. There are always plenty of ways to get your golf fix during the winter months, but it almost always takes a little creativity to survive golf’s offseason.
About the Author: Brian Neufeld
Brian Neufeld’s background includes more than 15 years of experience in golf course management, specializing in agronomy. Brian uses his knowledge of the game and best practices in turf sustention to create informative pieces for GolfTourney.com’s readers.