Make it a point to hit some balls at least a couple of times a month during the winter. This practice will help you to be ready for that first round of golf in the spring.
Tip #2: Evaluate Your Equipment
February is a great time to buy new equipment. All of the products for the new year are released by then and many of last year’s top items will be on sale. Visit the expert club fitters at Pelican Golf, to find your perfect fit.
Tip #3: Get Stronger
Once you learn to make solid contact with the ball on a regular basis, almost nothing can improve your game more than being stronger and more physically fit. Find a personal trainer and let them know your goal is to improve strength and flexibility to improve your golf game.
Need a recommendation? Contact Wheaton Park District’s Parks Plus Fitness Center at 630.871.6213 or visit parksplusfitness.com
Tip #4: Read, Read, Read
Most golf books are instructional in nature and you need to be careful to not let differing opinions confuse you. Other books are just great stories that will keep you connected to the game.
Winters in the Midwest are tough on everyone but can be especially demoralizing for golfers. A golf trip will give you something to look forward to and helps break up the winter. There are tons of destinations for every budget.
"This is our group’s favorite golf outing. If we only did one outing per year, this would be it."
- Ed Berndt, Prudential Spengel Realty
"Arrowhead has the feel of a private course that is well maintained. A beautiful facility in all respects.
The course is a great layout, well spaced, nice challenge. We played on Tuesday 8/6/19 and played the South / East combination. A few of the greens looked to have been recently aerated, but they all rolled nicely. Definitely recommend."
National Golf Foundation (NGF)
Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA)
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System
Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents (MAGCS)
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
In-Season Golf Tips
Tip #1: Practice With Purpose
Practicing your golf game is imperative to developing skill. We urge our students to have a method or routine to their practice habits too. They can be as simple as the order in which you practice certain areas of your game: i.e., starting on the driving range, then move to the chipping area, and finish with putting. Stick with a routine. Focus on having a purpose for every swing. Organizing the way you practice builds a great foundation for healthy practicing habits which, with commitment, transfer to executing on the golf course.
Tip #2: Stretch
No matter how frequent or irregular you play and/or practice you should always begin by stretching the core body muscles you use during the golf swing. It’s often overlooked how physically demanding the golf swing can be. You can help your body prepare and avoid stress or injuries by properly stretching before you play.
Tip #3: Eat!
The importance of staying hydrated is common knowledge. Did you know that if you ever get to a point where you are hungry while doing a physical activity it’s already too late. Your body won’t be able to transfer the energy it needs to support the demand you are putting on it. Snack well and snack often!