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    Off-Season Blues

Written by: Nick Winters

Another Winter in Wisconsin means another long wait for nice weather and more golf. We can only stay inside for so long before we start to crave the fresh air of Spring. Bowling, darts, and other indoor activities can be nice distractions, but they don’t compare to the exhilaration of hitting a great golf shot or sinking a long putt for birdie. My advice – keep your golf game in shape over the Winter so you can be ready to go come Spring! Here are a few suggestions to get golf ready over the break:

1. Work on your putting – Don’t have room to make a swing in your house? Work on your putting. Worried you might break a lamp? Work on your putting. Putting is a great way to improve your golf game, no matter how limited your free space is. The key with practicing indoors is to work on your stroke. Your putting stroke can be improved on any surface – hardwood floors, bathroom tiles, carpet, etc. Do you best to develop a consistent stroke that you can repeat time and time again.

2. Swing your clubs – This one is pretty obvious. If you’re anywhere near an indoor driving range or a golf simulator, it’s worth your time to go hit some golf balls. However, take any results you see on a simulator with a grain of salt. I’ve had several swings in a row on a simulator say that I just hit 3 ground balls in a row, where clearly the balls got in the air at least. Maybe 1 was a ground ball, but not 3! Focus more on grooving your swing, and less on the ball flight. If you don’t have an indoor golf option near you, then just swinging your clubs or a weighted club in the garage a couple times a week can go a long way towards being warmed up for the Spring.

3. Get a little exercise – No matter your age or physical abilities, it’s always a good idea to get in the habit of exercising at least a few times a week. Lifting weights, doing some yoga, going for a walk or run, or even some light stretching can really help to improve your golf game (and your health!). Yoga and stretching can improve your flexibility, core strength, and can help you gain better control of your body and breathing – all great benefits for golf. Other workouts like weight training, calisthenics, or even walking, can help to strengthen your legs and core, and will lead to longer drives and better conditioning on the golf course.

Winter in Wisconsin can get long, cold, and tiresome. Putt a little bit, swing the clubs once in a while, and exercise, and you can be sure that your golf game will be in pretty good shape by the time Spring comes around!

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