The weather kept you inside for latter part of fall and the early winter. Your golf clubs begin to collect dust and the months continue to compile since the last time you practiced your golf swing. We understand that this can happen to just about everyone. As the temperature rises in late winter, you might get that “itch” to head to the driving range or putting green. You might even be brave enough to take in the front nine before getting on the course for eighteen.
Now before you head out for a round of air golf where you practice swinging the club without it in hand, let’s brainstorm how to prepare yourself for a new season full of golf.
- Start with short swings working towards your full swing.
- Begin putting to establish rhythm, feel, and consistent tempo.
- Head to the driving range to get a better feel of your clubs and put your swing to work
- Chipping and pitching is another place to start for the same reasons as putting, it will help you get down the feel and tempo. If you practice chipping with half swings, working your way to a full swing, the transition will be much smoother.
- Gradually move to your full swing and focus on your grip, posture and set-up. If they are correct, you’ll be on the right path to consistency.
Expectations are key when getting out there again! You’re allowed to be a little rusty especially for those first few rounds. It’s best to take notes on the little miscues that you can then work on when you return to the range or the green in between your rounds on the course. Focusing on little accomplishments on the course will help your game come a long way.
If you’re looking for a big jump-start to your golf skills for the New Year, it might even be best to consider taking some lessons or attending a golf clinic to assure that you’re starting out with the best fundamentals so you don’t develop bad habits. Taking lessons or having an instructor will allow you to have more skill focused sessions and leave you with a good analysis of your strengths, weaknesses and overall what you need to work on.
Is it still a little cold for you to get back in the swing of things?