Golfers living in warmer climates are lucky. They can play golf all year round. That keeps their skills sharp, their swings intact, and their desire to play satisfied. They don't have to deal with the bitter cold or snow-covered courses like some golfers. In the battle to slash strokes from one's golf handicap, it's good to live in warmer climates with plenty of courses open for play all year.
Golfers living in colder climates aren't so lucky. Obviously, they can't play year round. Eventually-usually as late as possible-they have to put their clubs away and hunker down for the winter. But that doesn't mean they don't want to play. Nor does it mean they can't improve their games. Golfers can still do things in the off-season that will help them cut strokes from their golf handicaps next season.
Work On Your Weaknesses
Actually, the winter is a great time to work on your weaknesses. If you're really serious about lowering your scores-and you have the time-you can do any number of things to improve your weaknesses and lower your scores-take golf lessons, read golf tips, or join a gym or health club. Getting in shape helps every phase of your game.
In addition, you can work on key drills at home or in the office. These drills can help chop strokes off your scores, if you master them. Do short game drills. They're easy to do. They don't require a full swing. And once mastered, they can dramatically cut strokes from your golf handicap. Try the following three drills for improving your short game:
Putting On The Carpet
A tried-and-true drill, this exercise generates results. Just make sure that the carpet is short and speedy. Shag carpet is too thick and long, and linoleum is too fast. A good industrial-grade carpet is ideal. Combine this with an electronic putting cup, which you can get at almost any sporting goods store, and you have a nice set up. You can also use a drinking glass as your target. Just make sure you don't put your target up against a wall. You want to see how far past the "hole" you go.
Develop A Feel For Your Wedge
Developing a feel for your wedge is a good way to improve your short game. You don't have to swing the club. You just want to feel its weight. You can hold it while talking on the phone, walking around the house, or watching television. Keep the club in your non-dominant hand as much as possible. That hand is the lead hand. You want it to always be the leader. Holding the club develops a good sense of feel in that hand. Feel the grip and how it lays in your hand. Feel the club swing through your fingers. Sense the clubhead's weight. In other words, get to know your club.
Visualize Good Shots
Psychologists say your subconscious can't distinguish between the actual and the imagined. Why not work on your short game while sitting in a plane waiting to take off, waiting in line at the bank, or standing in the checkout line at the grocery store? It's easy. Just imagine yourself at your favorite course facing a short pitch or chip shot. See yourself going through your pre-shot routine and hitting the perfect shot. (You should also do this on the course just before striking the ball.)
In addition to practicing these drills, watch golf on television. Many cable stations now offer The Golf Channel as an option. Watch the pros closely. Examine their pre-shot routines. Look at their grips and stances. Check out their swings, especially their tempos. Don't be afraid to imitate them. Imitation is a good way to learn.
The cold puts a damper on golf for some players. But if you're serious about lowering your golf handicap, you can still do things that will help you improve. Attend golf instruction sessions. Study golf tips. Workout regularly. Practice the short game drills described above. Just because its cold, it doesn't mean you can't perfect your game.
Jack Moorehouse is the author of the best-selling book How To Break 80 And Shoot Like The Pros. He is NOT a golf pro, rather a working man that has helped thousands of golfers from all seven continents lower their handicap immediately. Free weekly newsletter available with the latest golf tips, lessons and instructions.
|18 Charity Golf Outing Success Tips||2012 Ping Golf Clubs G20 Irons Reviews By Golf Sho|
|3 Crucial Tips To Stop Slicing A Golf Ball||About|
|Adidas Tour360 4.0 Golf Shoes Review||Advantages Of Camera Based Golf Simulators|
|Advantages Of The Mike Austin Golf Swing||Aggressive Golf Clothing Gets In Action|
|Alignment In The Golf Swing I Advice For The Begin||Antique Golf Club Appraisal|
|Are Recycled Golf Balls Any Good||Avoid Sway In The Golf Swing|
|Award Winning Clicgear 3.0 Golf Push Car||Bandon Dunes Golf Package Info|
|Best Golf Drivers For Beginners||Booming Drives 2 Golf Swing Pace Workout Routines|
|Burton Golf Bags Golf Bags That Swing||Callaway Fti I Probably The Best Golf Driver In Th|
|Clone Drivers Taylormade R7 Golf Clubs||Curing The Slice In Golf Never Hit Offline Again|
|Customizing Your Golf Bag||Descriptions And Uses Of Different Golf Clubs|
|Develop A Smooth Golf Swing Transition||Easy Golf Downswing Tips Drill That Will Have You|
|Finding The Best Senior Golf Clubs For Your Game||Footjoy Icon Golf Shoes 2011|
|Getting The Correct Golf Club What Are The Best Go||Golf Batteries Sizes And Types|
|Golf Handicap System Explained||Golf Muscle Training|
|Golf News Taylormade R7 Irons Cheap Golf Clubs||Golf Push Shot Causes And Fixes|
|Golf Terms||Golf The Game Of Kings And Commoners|
|Golf Tips Breaking 80 In Golf||Golf Tips On Hitting Solid Irons|
|Grip Golf And Posture||Hippo Golf Clubs Things To Know Look For Before Ch|
|How A Golf Simulator Business Can Be Successful||How A Greenkeeper Maintains A Golf Course|
|How Much Are My Old Golf Clubs Worth||How To Build A Correct Golf Swing|
|How To Create A Golf Improvement Plan||How To Decide On The Very Best Golf Clubs For Your|
|How To Get A Good Deal On A Used Golf Cart||How To Hit The Stinger Golf Shot|
|How To Install A Golf Simulator||Ideas To Help Purchase A Mens Golf Shoe|
|Illegal Golf Drivers||Improve Your Golf Game By Looking At Your Golf Div|
|Information About The C.o.g. Golf Swing||Interesting Personalized Golf Head Covers|
|Is Golf Good Exercise||Learn How To Buy Golf Carts Golf Cart Parts Cheap|
|Learning Golf Through Easy Ways||Magic Golf Move The Holy Grail In Golf|
|New Golf Clubs Mizuno Jpx Ad Irons Reviews||Notepad Golf|
|Ping Golf Club An Overview||Ping Golf Club Clones|
|Powakaddy Electric Golf Trolley Winner All The Way||Practice Routines Lower Golf Handicaps|
|Privacy||Reasons You Should Join A Golf Club|
|Rent Roda Golf Accommodation Rent Roda Golf Apartm||Scramble Your Way To A Fun Golf Time|
|Short Cuts To A Lower Golf Handicap||Some Points You Should Consider Before Buying Golf|
|Sponsoring A Charity Golf Tournament||Swing Speed And Grip For Best Golf Distance Now|
|The Back Swing In Golf||The Beginning Of Golf Clubs Made From Bamboo|
|The Benefits Of Trying A New Golf Putting Grip||The Best Golf Swingwhy You Should Not Copy The Pro|
|The History Of Golf Fashion||The Longest Hitting Drivers In Golf|
|The Most Beautiful Golf Courses In The World||The Physics And Design Of A Golf Club|
|The Proper Way To Use Hybrid Golf Clubs||The Pros And Cons Of Electric Golf Carts|
|The Psychology Of Golf And The Perfect Swing||The Top Three Best Selling Golf Clubs Of 2010|
|Tips On A Tensionfree Golf Swing||To Hit The Golf Ball Better And Higher Consider Re|
|To Increase The Power In Your Golf Swing Be A Tree||Vega Golf|
|Vintage Golf Bags Things That You Need Know||What Are The Best Golf Balls For Beginners|
|What Are The Differences Between A Links Course An||What Golf Equipment Does A Beginner Need|
|What Is The Best Golf Ball For My Game||What Is The Magic Triangle In The Golf Swing|
|What Is The Purpose Of Golf Golf Explained Simply||What Should I Know About Biomechanics Of The Golf|
|What To Expect When Buying For The Masters Golf To||Why Build A Simple Golf Swing|
|Winter Drills To Cut Your Golf Handicap||Your Putting Grip And Why Its So Important To Your|