ONPAR Magazine have teamed up with Alastair Taylor PGA, from Lytham Golf Academy, to bring you some winter golf survival tips.
The colder months can begin to impair your scores, practice and enjoyment, if you let them, but Alistair has given us some winter golf tips to keep golfing, and golfing great, whatever the weather!
1: Layer Up
Layer up – By wearing thin layers and trapping the air in between the clothing this will allow you to keep warm during these colder months. Warm muscles are more supple, and not only will you perform better but it will also reduce the risk of any injuries.
2: Carry Extra Gloves in Your Golf Bag
Unfortunately, this time of year your golf glove can get wet quickly and this will affect your ability to have a proper grip on the club. Carry extra gloves in something waterproof in your bag so you can always put on a dry glove.
3: Keep Your Hands Warm
Probably my most important tip for myself, if your hands get cold your grip pressure will change and you will struggle to have the control you require on the club.
4: Keep Your Grips Dry
I mentioned dry gloves but if your grips get wet its game over. Keep a towel dry in your golf bag so that you can make sure your grip is dry before every shot.
5: Keep Your Golf Ball Dry
One huge advantage of winter golf is preferred lies so make sure you clean and dry your golf ball, if water gets in between the club and ball the distance you hit the shot will be compromised.
6: Keep Your Clubs Clean and Dry
Again like I’ve just mentioned with the ball keep the club clean and dry to give you the most control possible on your shots.
7: Know Your Winter Yardages
Many golfers only know how far the ball should finish on a given shot but with temperature reducing distance and no roll in the winter it is vital that golfers know their winter yardages if they want to get close to the hole.
8: Make Sure You Pure Your Irons
With the ground usually being very soft in the winter any slight loss of contact with the golf ball will be greatly shown up. Make sure you hit ball then turf by trying to get your contact with the ground even further towards the target than usual.
9: Allow Less Break For Your Putts On Slow Or Wet Greens
In the winter months the greens don’t usually get cut as short and could be wet. The increased friction between the golf ball and the green means the ball will break less during the winter.
10: Change Your Clubs to Suit The Conditions
Many golfers still carry longer irons that require a reasonable amount of rollout in the winter where there is no roll. Think about changing these irons for hybrids or fairway woods, that will give higher ball flight with more carry.
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