Time to Tune Up Your Golf Game for Spring

We are very fortunate to live in Florida, especially during the winter months. Today the temperature will climb into the 70’s, and most of us will be in short-sleeve shirts and possibly shorts. For those who live in the colder climates, you may not be thinking about golf when the temperature outside is below zero and/or the streets are covered in snow. But, fear not, Spring is just around the corner and the golf courses will be calling out to you shortly. So, what can you do now, in the comfort of your warm home, to get ready to hit the links following the first thaw? Almost all magazines/articles/ books/teachers will tell you that the most important thing you can do is to review your fundamentals. What, specifically, does that mean? For me, it boils down to the basics of how to grip the club, how to set up to the ball, and how to move the club correctly. My first recommendation is to find a PGA Professional and schedule a “Fundamentals Lesson” with him/her. Have the Professional explain to you what YOUR best grip, stance, and alignment are based on expert observation. Once you know/understand what you need to do and why you need to do it, the rest makes much more sense. Be sure to have the Professional explain in detail how the golf club works through the hitting zone/impact zone – that area three feet before and three feet after you strike the golf ball. When you feel comfortable with all this information, you are now able to start preparing for return to the course. If you spend just 15 minutes a day working on YOUR proper grip, stance, and alignment in front of a mirror, you will be surprised how easy it will be to transition these fundamentals onto the golf course. Spend another 15 minutes a day moving the golf club (a seven-iron, for example) slowly and properly through the area three feet before and three feet after where the ball should be – do this without a golf ball. Just remember, if you can’t do it slow and small, you won’t be able to do it fast and big. When the weather allows you to go to the range, use this same slow/small swing when you begin hitting balls with your wedge. Once you can make center-contact on a consistent basis, then you can start increasing the speed and size of your swing. Follow this advice, and your first time back to the course will be more enjoyable than you think.