So as 2017 season comes to a close for me the attension turns to my winter practise plan and getting ready for 2018 .
ao i thought id share some ideas on keeping a practise diary as i see so many amatures on the range just aimlessly whack balls aaay one after another whithout any purpose .
so heres a example
focus of session
10 ball warm up ( not worries about distance just get loosened up )
30 ball work on strike and impact position
20 ball work on 9 ball flights - high, medium, low and straight , draw and fade .
10 ball driver/3 wood swings work on strike and direction .
10 ball skills test on launch monitor from 40-100 yards . Score out of 100 .
10 ball play a hole in your mind ( good for mental and imagination ) .
so having a structure to your sessions gives you a clear purpose to your session and what needs work but also not neglecting other areas and stops aimless whacking of balls and not improving but in fact ingrain more the bad faults in your swing .
please leave any commments or questions on how its worked for you or help you might need also i can make a practise plan for you to follow with drills and aims for the sessions .
good luck !
winter golf tips
so as the cold months roll in and winter takes hold how many of you actually play golf in the winter ?
Surprisingly not many do and normally the weather in the uk this time of year isn't great we do have the odd day where it's a crisp sunny cold day and a excellent chance to sample winter golf and the challenges it presents .
So a few tips to help your game in winter
1. Allow for less roll on wet or soft winter fairways compared to hard summer ones .
2. Be mindful that the golf ball doesn't fly as far in cold winter than in warm sunny days , a recent study showed that the difference being around 2 yards of carry for every 10 degrees drop ( cold air is denser than warm for science geeks ) .
3. Consider changing to a softer ' lower compression ball in winter as it's easier to compress a softer ball .
4. A random one this but to keep golf balls warm ( and last check it was legal ) put them in a pot a hot water for 30 minutes then dry them and put them into a insulated food bag ( I personally haven't tried it myself but may for research purposes ) .
5. A common tip from the tour is keep gloves dry is to put them in a sealed bag and also hang the glove on the rods under the umbrella to stay dry .
6. Simple one to keep a towel dry hang it off the umbrella but keep a spare in the bag too .
7. Rough in winter especially when wet is tough so swing a little harder to get out .
8. As beautiful as a crisp winter day can be to avoid disappointment do except that scoring won't be as good .
9. Greens will be slower when wet and soft .
So these top tips will help you enjoy winter golf more and the different challenge it poses to summer golf , course management and mental toughness will be tested as will ball striking .
Don't let all of this put you off tho from getting out on the course , even just 9 holes can be very beneficial to your winter practise programme .
Enjoy and happy golfing !
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