It might be one of the saddest days of the year, from a golfer's perspective anyway.
Not everyone lives in a climate where playing golf can be a 365 days-a-year option, and there comes a time when golfers have to put away their clubs for the winter. What should you do if you find yourself in that position? We talked to PGA Professional Brian Crowell of Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford, N.Y. to get some advice.
1. Don't 'store' them
There’s nothing worse than wanting to go practice only to realize that your clubs are tucked away somewhere inconvenient.
Crowell: "Keep them accessible, keep them nearby and available in case you want to practice some putting or chipping in the living room, or go to an indoor range or take a golf trip."
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2. Treat them well
Sure, you might not be using your clubs as often as you are during the summer, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect their condition.
Crowell: "A golfer's clubs are like his or her close friends. Clean the grooves, polish them nicely and store them at room temperature. Keep them in your life, grip them now and then, take some practice swings – don't just chuck them carelessly in a cold garage or a dark basement. Show some respect. Winter is also a great time to re-grip your clubs for the upcoming season."
3. Give them a good home
If you can’t keep your clubs at home, there are some places where you can safely store them.
Crowell: Some private facilities feature bag storage that allows a golfer to store equipment at that facility throughout the winter. But again, that makes it more challenging to "stay in touch" with the game. I prefer points 1 and 2.”
Do these things and your clubs will be in tip-top shape the next time you can head out to the course.