Most golfers end the season feeling good about the progress they’ve made. You’ve added distance to your drive, improved your short game, and stay committed to increased practice throughout the year. Winter may be on the horizon, but now is not the time to take a four-month break. You will need to hone the skills you’ve worked hard to develop during the season. Here are a few ways to continue perfecting your game during the winter.
Many golfers exit the season confident about the growth made throughout the season. Your short game has improved, you’ve added distance to your drive, and you’ve spent more time on the course than the previous seasons. Now it’s time to step up and continue practicing throughout the off season to avoid a rusty start next year. Here are a few ways to work on your game during the winter.
I’m no stranger to finding ways to practice indoors when I can’t get outside on a real course. Putting is the easiest aspect of the game to improve indoors. Having a putting mat around the house is a great help, although you can still practice without one.
Take a quick trip to a hardware store and pick up a chalk and chalk reel. Hold each end flat and firm to the ground and snap the string to leave a chalk line. You will use this to create a straight line directly to the hole marker on your mat or carpet.
This helps with your alignment. When putting, you will want to make sure that the line on your putter lines up directly to the hole — that way you can eliminate any compensation in your putting stroke for poor alignment. Always make sure you’re lined up straight to begin with.
Make sure to keep your eyes directly above the ball. Positioning yourself away from the ball makes it much more difficult to hit the ball straight and raises the chance of the ball curving away from target. Spend some time getting comfortable with your newly adjusted stance so that you’re able to set up without being too stiff. You will want your stance preparation to becoming second nature, so make a routine out of this drill.
HITTING THE BALL STRAIGHT
Provided you hit the ball straight, aiming is definitely one of the most important aspects to a successful swing. The first thing you’ll need to learn is to hit the ball straight. It’s extremely difficult to have spot-on aim when there’s curvature. The ball will actually slice more with your driver than it will with a 9 iron, so aiming becomes even more difficult as the club gets bigger.
Most golf courses provide indoor golf simulators for practice. Simulators are extremely beneficial because they provide real-time analytics. This is the best way to determine which part of your game needs adjustments.
There are plenty of ways to continue training after the winter weather hits — you just have to be a little more creative in the colder months. Stick with it, though. You’ll start the season way ahead of your friends who took the winter off, and one round of free beers is worth a winter of staying in practice.
Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process.
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