How To Practice Golf In The Winter

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Recent freezing temperatures up and down the East Coast have many of us longing for warmer temperatures on the course. In this Tip Of The Week, we look at ways you can practice in winter when the weather isn’t always cooperative. While traveling to a warmer climate is an obvious choice, it’s not practical for the vast majority. So, how else can you practice golf in the winter?

How To Practice Golf In The Winter

Heated Practice Facilities

heated range

Heated practice facilities are popping up in more locations, especially where it gets cold on a regular basis. Heaters overhead keep you warm as you get your swings in. Granted, you won’t be able to see how your ball reacts if it’s landing in a foot of snow. You should focus on ball flight and work on contact issues when practicing at one of these ranges.

Indoor Mats and Nets

Hitting mat and net

If you don’t have a heated range nearby, use a hitting mat with a net to practice full shots and chips. You can set up in the garage or the basement if you have the room. The net protects your house and gives you a target to aim at.

putting mat

Putting mats are also helpful for honing your skills with the flat stick. Indoor putting greens offer the same conditions and break every time, enabling you to focus on your putting stroke and ball roll. Mats set up easily in an office or hallway, quickly getting you on your way to being a better putter. Improving your putting is the quickest way to lower scores, since you putt on every hole (unless you hole out from the fairway or chip in).

Golf Simulators

For the person who wants to practice on-course situations or who wants to “play” 18 holes, golf simulators are a great choice. These devices include a launch monitor and connect to a device that shows ball flight and stats.

OptiShot2 Simulator

The OptiShot2 Swing Trainer offers playing and practicing options with a library of golf courses that can be done in your basement or anywhere else you have at least an 8 ½ foot ceiling and a computer to hook it up to. The great thing about this model is that you can set up a net to hit real balls into or use foam practice balls and will get accurate results.

Other Ways To Keep Your Game Sharp

In addition to these options, a great thing to work on in winter is fitness-related goals. Staying on top of these goals goes a long way towards improving your game come spring time. You can work to add strength, lose weight, or increase flexibility when you can’t make it to the course.

Now You Know How To Practice Golf In The Winter

While the chill of winter may close down your local course, there are plenty of ways to practice golf in the winter. Using these tips will keep your game sharp and ready for when the spring thaw hits and it’s time to hit the links again.

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Power And Playability With The Wilson Staff C300 Irons

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In the battle for increased distance and forgiveness from irons, Wilson has stepped up with the Wilson Staff C300 irons lineup. Wilson’s redesigned Power Hole technology is the engine behind these clubs. Power holes and other design elements in the C300 irons increase face flex and provide more distance and forgiveness. Let’s dive in and take a closer look at these irons.

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C300 Irons: Distance + Forgiveness

C300 irons

The Wilson Staff C300 irons are a forgiving, distance iron geared toward mid and high handicap players. As mentioned, they get their performance from Power Hole technology. Power Holes are urethane filled holes that minimize contact between the body and face. They provide maximum flex and an expanded sweet spot. Therefore, more shots result in the maximum distance and feel as though struck on the sweet spot.

The design and layout of the Power Holes in the C300 irons differ from the C200 irons. Five power holes in a double-row configuration are on the sole of the club. Additional power holes on the tow and topline. Going from a single row (in C200) to a double row of Power Holes increased face deflection by 57.8%, according to Wilson. That translates to 7 yards over C200 irons.

c300 ironns face deflection

Power Holes are on every club, from the 3 iron to the Gap Wedge, giving you distance and forgiveness no matter what club they have in their hands.

C300 Forged Irons: Distance + Feel

C300 Forged Irons

Modeled after the FG Tour V6 irons, the Wilson Staff C300 Forged irons deliver distance and feel. The C300 Forged irons are the first Forged Carbon Steel irons to feature the Power Hole technology. The same 5-hole, double row configuration is used on the sole of the club as the C300 irons. There are also two on the toe section of the clubs but none on the top line.

The thinner overall design provides a solid, clean look at address that better players prefer. You’ll also find Power Holes only on the 3-8 irons. The short irons, being designed for maximum feel and control, don’t have Power Holes.

C300 Forged Irons sole

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The C300 and C300 Forged irons are a great option for the player looking for more forgiveness and distance. Be sure to try these and experience how they can help your game.

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There’s Something Twisted About The TaylorMade M3 and M4 Drivers

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TaylorMade’s latest line of drivers, the M3 and M4, aims to put a twist on the industry, quite literally. The goal of these new driver’s features is accuracy, bringing mishits back towards the center. We introduce you the new technology in the new TaylorMade M3 and M4 drivers and how they benefit your game. The M3 and M4 share 2 new features and also have a unique new feature that enhances performance. We begin with their similarities and then highlight their unique features.

TaylorMade M3 and M4 Drivers

Shared Features

Twist Face Technology

The most exciting feature in the M3 and M4 drivers is the new Twist Face technology. After studying hundreds of thousands of driver shots, the company found the traditional bulge and roll of traditional driver faces lacking. Aiming to improve accuracy, TaylorMade put their “twist” on the traditional driver face.

Typically, shots hit high tow on a traditional driver face launch lower with low spin, heading left. Shots hit low heel launch higher, with more spin and head right. To counter these effects, TaylorMade literally twisted the club face.

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The face of the M3 and M4 drivers is twisted open on the toe and closed on the heel. Doing so creates more spin and higher launch on toe shots and less spin, lower launch on heel shots. To simplify, each mishit will be brought closer to the center.

Hammerhead Technology

M3 and M4 Drivers Hammerhead technology

The goal of increasing ball speed across the face of clubs to gain distance is not new to the industry. In the past, TaylorMade has used a slot on the sole of their drivers, creating a spring-like effect at impact. Designers at TaylorMade updated the slot on the M3 and M4 drivers, calling it Hammerhead Technology.

This new speed pocket is 22% longer than previous versions and works in conjunction with the Twist Face. The pocket is separated into 3 zones by two ribs. The zones create more forgiveness in a larger area of the club face (read: bigger sweet spot). The ribs also provide strength to the club face, allowing it to be made thinner to increase ball speed.

Unique Features

TaylorMade M3

The TaylorMade M3 driver replaces the ’16 and ’17 M1 drivers. It has the familiar adjustment “track” on the sole to control ball flight. However, the design of the track on the M3 driver is a departure from what we’ve seen in the past.

M3 driver y-track

The M3 has a Y-Track adjustment system that controls the CG as well as ball flight. Moving the 2 11-gram weights around the track moves the CG front and back as well as giving draw and fade bias. According to TaylorMade, there are over 1,000 unique combinations.

TaylorMade M4

M4 driver geocoustic technology

Unique on the M4 driver is it’s improved Geocoustic technology. As a refresher, design elements improve the sound and feel of the club.

The Geocoustic technology produces a more muted sound than the ’17 M2. The back weight on the sole is almost double in size from previous clubs. Tipping the scale at 41 grams, the increased weight helps with forgiveness (more MOI) and stability.

 

Final Thoughts on M3 and M4 Drivers

Along with the standard 460cc head size, the M3 driver also comes in 440cc. The M4 driver will also have a D-Type version, like the ’17 M2, that has more draw bias to it.

Check out the gallery below for the stock options for each of M3 and M4 drivers. As before, there are also several custom no-upcharge shafts to choose from.

The drivers will be available for pre-order on 2/1/18. We can’t wait to try them out and experience all the new features for ourselves.

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