As we transition out of summer and warm weather, ideal outdoor days become few and far between, so many of us are struggling to keep up with our outdoor hobbies. You might have to play less golf as the weather gets colder and the driving range turns muddy in the rain. Even if you can tolerate the winter weather, you’re probably not playing a full 18 holes in the chilly morning air or in the dark as the days get shorter.
Thankfully, winter in Southern California isn’t as extreme as in some parts of the country, so it is not as much of an issue here. However, with the combination of colder temperatures in the morning and the sun setting earlier in the evening, you may still find that you are not getting out on the course as often as you would like.
The potential of cooler weather and fewer daylight hours often causes golfers to question how they can stay in top shape while playing less frequently. Sure, putting is good, but it doesn’t give you the same experience as a full round. So how do you keep training your muscles and stay in shape through the winter? The answer may be simpler than you think.
You don't need to be on the course
There are many different ways of staying in shape for golf, and the method you choose depends entirely on preference and ability. Using weights to keep your muscles toned is a common way of staying in shape during the winter months. Yoga is also a good option for increased flexibility and balance. You can also try putting or driving with weighted clubs to strengthen your swing from home.
You can also engage in mental exercises when training to resume playing in the spring. Practice your swing in the mirror and analyze your form; watch more golf on TV and learn from the pros. Considering the strategic aspects of golf is an important part of keeping your skill up without playing regularly.
Winter is a great time to get new golf equipment
If you have been eyeing your old clubs or clothes and looking for a little room in the golf budget to replace them, winter is a great time to get new equipment. Since fewer people are playing and demand is down, you can expect sales on golf equipment as we get into the winter.
It’s a good time to get some practice in if you can withstand the cold. Start practicing in the winter and you could improve your golf handicap by 10 strokes by summertime. At Calabasas Country Club, we offer beautiful greens and experienced trainers who can help you improve your golf game before you know it.