Improving Your Golf Game Over the Winter
I love the golf off-season! Maybe because I love to practice golf. Why? Because practicing properly makes golf more enjoyable. Playing golf poorly is NO fun! If you play golf five or six times a year that’s OK. It’s a day out for you. Enjoy the day, your friends and don’t get aggravated because you are most likely NOT going to play a decent round of golf.
For the true golfer, (those that have been bitten seriously by the bug) a crummy day on the golf course is agony and frustrating for the golfer and for those around them. Golf can be so frustrating! You must accept that as part of the beauty of the game and keep your frustration to yourself and be determined to make a well planned effort to improve.
That’s why I love the golf off-season. This opens an opportunity to target specific areas of your golf game for improvement without the pressure of having to perform on the golf course. Only play when you’re ready to put your new skills to the test. I like to tell students, “you’re putting the car in the garage to do a valve job so you can’t drive it for now, (stay off the golf course). Maybe I should add that you can still play golf on those nice days that surprise us during the winter that’s OK. But, do not expect miracles or a finished product from your off-season work. Expect the car to sputter a little until the value job is done.
What do you need to do and what do you need in tools to improve?
- You need a full length mirror – Just like a ballet dancer you need to see yourself doing your dance step, (golf swing drill). You need to perform the drills slowly with vigilance in the mirror to make sure you are performing the drill properly. I’d rather do three (3) drills properly than twenty (20) wrong. Junk in junk out! In our Lesson Action Manual, (sorry only available to members) there is an entire section dedicated to practicing a drill properly. Mucho Importante! For members go to https://quickfixgolf.com and look for the Members tab upper right. Login and then go to the Golf Action Manual tab and click on that to get to the manual. See pages 22 through 25.
- This will sound basis but you need someone you can trust to evaluate where you are in the process and critique how you’re practicing. With today’s technology you can take a “selfie” of yourself dong the drill, email it out to me for immediate feedback BEFORE you head to far down the wrong road potentially causing more bad habits than the ones you have now. I use the V1 system which you can download on your computer for FREE at https://quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/golf-lessons-retrieval/ (bottom of the page) or down load for about $2.99 the cell phone version which is quite convenient.
- You either need a few decent days to test your drills on the range or a range that is covered and sometimes heated in your area. Most towns have one. Video your drill work at the range as well. You can view the video later at home, compare it to older videos and email it off to your coach if they offer such a service, (we allow unlimited videos analyzed with our yearly membership).
- I try to stay away from teaching tools or gimmicks. They generally end up in the garage collecting dust. Quite frankly touring pros generally don’t use them either. Too cumbersome to carry around with you from town to town on the road. I get annoyed at pros that suggest you should purchase a swing plane tool for $299 when they themselves use an old broken shaft and a water bottle! Notice this picture of Vijay Signh doing just that.
- Keep a golf club handy by the sofa – You’re watching TV? No reason why you can’t pick up the golf club and work on your grip during a commercial. I get up and do a short drill taking care not to pop someone on the head. Not necessarily a full length or full swing drill. I take the opportunity to “NAG” the movement I am trying to re-program into submission. It’s the number of PROPER reps you log that will make the difference. You most likely will NOT get to the range often enough so you have to take advantage of practice at home. Setting up a net and mat at home in the garage is great if you can do it. If you don’t have a net you can get some very soft foam golf balls at Walmart.
Ready to get going! The spring will be here before you know it so get going. Please send me your video if you’re a member and if you’re not your first video analysis is FREE. Just go to https://quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/
I can be reached at 804-378-7456.