It’s winter in the Twin Cities, but that doesn’t mean your golf game should be packed up for the winter with your swimming trunks and sunscreen. When the mercury drops, it’s the perfect time to get serious about improving your golf fitness through golf core workouts and golf coaching.
Although it might be tempting to stay home and wait for warmer weather to come back around, winter golfing gives athletes a chance to get serious about improving their game. At Totally Driven, we can help you improve your swing even if you don’t love the idea of braving the cold. In this post, we’ll share our top pro tips for making the most out of your winter golf game.
A Completely Different Game
If you’re the type of person who only plays when the weather is sunny and warm, you’re not going to have much time on the golf course here in the Twin Cities. The key to making the most of playing through winter is to reframe the way you see the game.
The first thing to know about winter golf is that it’s almost a completely different kind of experience than playing during the warm weather months. These are a few of the challenges you’re likely to encounter when playing golf during winter:
● Soggy clothing
● Frozen ground
● Distance can be shorter
● Less flexibility from winter layers
● It’s harder to loosen up
We all know avid golfers who love the game so much they’d play through a thunderstorm. But even if you’re not as hardcore, there are still plenty of great reasons to get comfortable with the cold and wet weather and love winter golfing:
● Winter golfers really love the game.
● The weather presents unique challenges that help you improve your game.
● It’s a chance to lighten up and go with the flow.
● It’s a great way to build confidence in your own abilities.
And as with anything else in life, a little planning goes a long way. Making a few adjustments can mean a world of difference when it comes to getting more out of your winter golf game.
Winter and Your Golf Equipment
To get more out of your winter game, start by understanding how the cold weather impacts your golfing equipment and the physics of the game in general. Winter air is colder and therefore denser. As your ball travels through the air, this denser air quality can reduce travel distance. Additionally, the ground conditions mean you’re going to experience less roll, especially if the ground is particularly wet.
One workaround golfers swear by is keeping their ball in a hand warmer from green to tee. You may also find a different club from what you usually use is better for your winter golf game.
Here are a few more tips to maximize your winter golf game:
1. Work on setting golf fitness and training goals.
It’s a fact of life that you’re going to be less flexible during winter. Although it may seem counterintuitive, that’s why winter is a perfect time to work on increasing your flexibility when you’re off the course. Stability, balance, and motor control should be at the center of your golf fitness goals.
At Totally Driven, we have a state-of-the-art training facility including a full-size gym to help you set and meet physical fitness goals. Our personal trainers are American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified.
In addition to setting golf performance goals, we can help achieve physical fitness goals related to muscle building, cardiovascular health, weight loss, and pain reduction. We also offer team training in training groups of between five and eight individuals.
2. Practice indoors.
You don’t have to play through the whole course to work on your game. Even if it’s just for a short period twice a week, make time to work on your swings or putting. Invest in 30-minute or 60-minute golf lessons or professional golf coaching to work on your swing mechanics. We can analyze your swing and help you make the changes you need to improve your game.
3. When playing outdoors, plan your clothing carefully.
Your comfort on the golf course plays an essential role in your game. Think about flexibility while you’re planning your attire. You’re going to experience some flexibility limitations due to the cold and the extra layers. The key is to dress in layers that can be peeled away if needed during the game.
It might seem overly simplistic, but be sure to wear a warm pair (or two) of winter socks and bring an extra pair in case your socks get wet. Avoid using cotton, which can absorb water. Instead, choose a synthetic blend that repels moisture. Additionally, layer thermal athletic wear under waterproof pants to repel the winter winds that kick up on the open course.
In addition to planning your clothing for winter weather, be sure to pack an extra towel or two for wiping your clubs or gear. Hand warmers are handy not only for warming your equipment, but for warming up in the frosty winter air.
Twin Cities Golf Lessons and Golf Fitness This Winter
The weather outside may be frightful, but with a little help from Totally Driven, your swing can be delightful. Contact us to connect with a golf fitness trainer or schedule your golf fitness workouts, or give us a call at (952) 681-2728.