How To Practice Golf In The Winter

practice golf in the winter

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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Rudi Fann

Rudi Fann has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2008. He began his career in 1998 as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wake Forest Golf Club in Wake Forest, NC. In 2002, Rudi accepted a similar position at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He spent a year there before moving to Nipomo, CA where he worked at Blacklake Golf Resort. Over the next 10 years, he worked his way from Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional and finally Director of Golf Operations. In his time at Blacklake, Rudi devoted much of his time to running tournaments and other activities in order to create a social atmosphere at the club. After Blacklake, Rudi spent one year as Head Golf Professional at Paso Robles Golf Club before deciding to return home to North Carolina. Since returning to North Carolina, Rudi has worked with the First Tee of the Triangle helping to instill life skills and core values through the game of golf to local youth.