Fall is gone and summer is a distant memory.
So the golf season is over right?
If you’re serious about becoming a better player, you need to play all year round. Sure playing golf in the winter isn’t appealing. But after reading this you’ll be thanking me come spring time.
Here are three reasons why you should play winter golf.
No rust to shake off
Back when I was teaching I use to love the spring. Why? Because every student was rusty and seemingly forgot how to swing the club. Obviously this meant lots of cash for me as it would take many of my student’s weeks to get back into the groove.
I’m sure you know the feeling. You know the one where you head to the range in March or April and grip the club for the first time. But the club resembles an axe more so than golf club.
Guess what. If you play or head to the range at least 4 times a month, you won’t be all rusty come spring.
And because everyone else is going to hibernate this winter and play no golf, you’ll dominate the competition come tournament time. If you happen to play for some extra change at your local course, you’ll clean up there too!
Become A Mudder
Everytime it rains I’m reminded of that Seinfeld episode where Kramer hear’s a hot tip on a horse who’s mother and father were mudders! Since it rained there was no way this horse could lose right? Well, like most of Kramers luck it didn’t turn out that way.
Regardless I want you to become a mudder. You can do that by learning to play in awful conditions. When do awful conditions happen? In the winter of course!
So if you wake up and see that’s it’s raining out, grab those clubs and head to the course. There’s a great chance no one else will be playing. That means you’ll be able to blaze through the course in under three hours.
Since no one else is out there you can practice on the course too since. Hit extra chip shots or drop a couple of balls here and there. Work on your pre shot routine or challenge yourself to little games.
When I was growing up I loved the rain. I still do in fact. But when I was young it meant that no one was at the course. I had a free run of the place. It was my playground to do whatever (within reason!) I wanted to.
It turns out that because I played in the rain so much I actually had a leg up on everyone when the conditions got bad in tournaments.
I clearly remember my grade 10 year of high school golf. It rained and blew so hard the entire second round of our Provincial high school tournament.
But because I was a mudder and played so many rounds in those conditions, I blew away the field. I was the low round by six shots and won the individual title by four shots. All because I relished going to the course on those damp and grey days. You should do the same.
Better grab these Galvin Green waterproofs from Golfposer.com if you’re going to mud it up!
You Can Handle Any Lie
When golf was invented there were no winter rules. For those that don’t know winter rules allow you give yourself a better lie anywhere on the course. So if you have a scruffy lie in the rough you can go ahead a tee that up.
Nope. This is a false representation of the player you are.
When you play winter rules and are giving yourself a perfect lie everywhere, you’re screwed come the spring time.
Let me explain.
As the spring rolls in and the local courses go to summer rules (play the ball as it lies) you’ll struggle massively remembering how to play certain shots from all the various lies. That’s because in the winter you’re use to teeing the ball up. You don’t ever have to worry about grass behind the ball or anything. The ball will react the same coming out of every perfect lie.
We all know that’s not the case when you play the ball as it lies since you’ll hardly see a perfect lie.
So by playing the ball down throughout the ugly winter and less than ideal course conditions, you’ll become so much better at hitting shots from different lies. This will help you early in the spring as every else is adjusting to playing the ball down and whenever you have those nasty lies.
What Do You Think?
Do you play winter golf? Let me know either way if you do or don’t.
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