3 Ways to Stay Ready For Golf in the Offseason
The winter can be a difficult time for golfers, especially for those in the midwest and out east.
Once the snow hits, we know we won’t be playing golf for a while. But I want to encourage you to stay active in the offseason to be ready once the weather improves. Here are three things you can do during the cold months to make sure that your body and mind are ready for spring.
1) Improve Your Physical Fitness
- I recently went through a TPI assessment and it helped me understand my body’s flexibility, mobility and strength. It gave me a road map of what exercises to do this winter to be more prepared for when I can play golf again.
2) Continue to Make Improvements to Your Swing & Mind
- This is as simple as reading a book on golf philosophy and the mental side of golf or getting instruction during the offseason. There are plenty of PGA Professionals like myself who continue to give instruction indoors when the bad weather hits. Indoor teaching is a great way for you to continue the momentum and not skip a beat.
- Online virtual golf instruction is also a great way to improve your game from the comfort of your own home.
3) Stay Active
- Go for a walk, play golf at a simulator or enjoy some outdoor winter activities like snowshoeing or skiing. Anything that gets your body active and keeps you in a routine will strengthen your body for golf’s return.
Andre R. Pillow, PGA
Director of Instruction
Grand Rapids, MI
Andre R. Pillow is the founder of DNA Golf Instruction, and the Player Development Professional at Blythefield Country Club. He’s been a Class A PGA Professional since 2014, and has over 20 years for experience in the golf industry. His philosophy is shaped around the basic idea that golf is a sport, which is the basis for the company’s coaching model. DNA Golf Instruction Mission: Our mission is to help every client reach their individual potential in relation to the game of golf. No matter the age, gender, background or income level, we want our customers to “Discover Natural Ability”, and enjoy the game in a manner that is desired by them. Andre played college golf at Tennessee State University, before transferring and graduating from Grand Valley State University with a Degree in Business Management. He spent the the last four years working for a nonprofit, teaching golf and life skills to students ages 7-17. He currently sits on the Michigan PGA Section Growth of the Game Committee, and was selected to the PGA Lead - Cohort III Class from 2017-2019. This national program is designed to create diversity and inclusion amongst PGA of America leadership on boards and committees at the Chapter, State and National Levels. He was a Michigan Section Youth Player Development Finalists in 2019 and 2020, as well as the Section Finalist for the 2020 Player Development Award. He also won the ELO Network Rising Star Award in 2018, for work with community school students within the city of Grand Rapids, MI. After recent growth and success, Andre was able to expand the company. Social media interest is also growing, with golf instruction videos gaining attention on Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok and Instagram! He is determined to change the landscape of golf, introducing and teaching the game to everyone that wants to learn!