Grow My Game
Stay connected this offseason
By Jack Dillon
For many parts of the country, as the weather gets colder, our rounds of golf are trending downwards too.
Maybe you've taken the clubs out of the trunk and brought them inside. Maybe you've event built a makeshift short game practice area in the garage.
As an experienced golfer, or at least one who has worked hard to improve, you will most likely miss your golf network: playing partners, staff, professionals and everyone else who made you feel at home on the course over the previous year. Staying connected to this network during your off-season can help you bridge the gap between now and your next round of golf.
Keep working on your skills
Before you go into golf hibernation, set a time to chat with your PGA Coach.
Ask for an exercise and strengthening program that keeps you and your body connected to the game.
If you are physically able, make time to stretch daily, working the golfing muscles, and develop healthy, out-of-season discipline. When the bell rings next spring, you can then hit that practice range ready with mid-season strength and confidence.
Here are some ideas to think about as you end your golf season:
- Have a written plan developed with your golf coach
- Develop a schedule and calendar for stretching and strength training
- If there are indoor range facilities in town, hit some balls once/twice a week
- Stay connected to your putter by practicing putts around the house
- Review your last season, writing out your highlights and lowlights
- Develop specific golf goals for next year
- If you have the opportunity to play in a warm-weather spot this winter, enjoy relaxed fun on the course with no pressure on the card
- Stay connected to your PGA and LPGA Coach each month through a specific e-mail. As you communicate with your coach, even out of season, you will feel so much better about next year
Golf is rarely a 12 month sport. Even the playing professionals want and need time away from the game.
As you take several months for the other important things in life, think your best thoughts about the game and the great fun that awaits you next year.
Wherever your golf journey is heading, let’s get you there. There are nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals ready to help. Find yours at pga.com/journeys.