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How do you guys get your golf fix in the winter?

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I'm nervous about the gains I've made so far this year depreciating over the winter. This is the first winter where I will have a house. . . so I will have to shovel :-/ but also. . . I might be able to rig up something in the basement to practice my swing. I don't think the ceilings are high enough though. We have a large unfinished basement, I was thinking of maybe getting a turf putting green down there.

In the "golf talk" forum there was something about the dan plan, where dan planned on practicing 10,000 hours to go pro. When I read that yesterday I tried to add up my playing time since I started when I was maybe 8-9 and I think I may be at around 600 hours. Almost there!

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When I lived in the badger state, I used to hit up Vitense in Madison a lot and use their heated range.  It wasnt exactly ideal as its still an open air range and some day, even with the heaters on full blast it still stung my hands and I couldnt really use my hybrids or woods but it was better than nothing.

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I had this thought earlier but it escaped me. I'm not old enough for that to start happening yet, but growing up in Wisconsin with all the consistent beer consumption it shouldn't surprise me. Anyway, the new house has a 2.5 stall garage so I will be able to swing away in there so long as I have a mat or something to protect the clubs from the concrete!

Originally Posted by GaijinGolfer

When I lived in the badger state, I used to hit up Vitense in Madison a lot and use their heated range.  It wasnt exactly ideal as its still an open air range and some day, even with the heaters on full blast it still stung my hands and I couldnt really use my hybrids or woods but it was better than nothing.

Man, that is dedication! I'm hoping I wouldn't have to go through those lengths, but we have a year round range similar to this maybe 30 minutes away and I have similar frozen finger range memories!

I suppose the garage isn't heated so I don't know how well it would work afterall. At least I'd be out of the wind and under a roof!

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I am member of the local YMCA and found out they have a hitting mat and net in the basement to use!!!! I am going to bring a couple irons and balls with for after workouts.

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Originally Posted by sigfan2340

I am member of the local YMCA and found out they have a hitting mat and net in the basement to use!!!! I am going to bring a couple irons and balls with for after workouts.

Work re-imburses my YMCA membership, but since summer started I've neglected the YMCA in favor of golf for my free time (free time seems to be more and more of a rare luxury these days!). This would just be awesome if it were the case for our local YMCA. I will have to investigate. Thanks for sharing!

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Originally Posted by McMullenCPA

I had this thought earlier but it escaped me. I'm not old enough for that to start happening yet, but growing up in Wisconsin with all the consistent beer consumption it shouldn't surprise me. Anyway, the new house has a 2.5 stall garage so I will be able to swing away in there so long as I have a mat or something to protect the clubs from the concrete!

Man, that is dedication! I'm hoping I wouldn't have to go through those lengths, but we have a year round range similar to this maybe 30 minutes away and I have similar frozen finger range memories!

I suppose the garage isn't heated so I don't know how well it would work afterall. At least I'd be out of the wind and under a roof!


Yeah, it'll test your dedication.  There were many times where I was the only one using the range and I turned all the space heaters on full blast and used the middle hitting bay, just to soak up as much heat as I could.

Let me just say that as much as I love Wisconsin, I like winters in Ohio a lot better!

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I live north of Chicago, but I sacrifice for the good of the game.

I go to Florida in November and come back May 1st.

Retirement is good and someone needs to help the Florida economy.

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I built a putting green in my basement and here in oconomowoc the opened up an indoor golf center with three simulators that I will play on this winter.
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Originally Posted by cipher

I built a putting green in my basement and here in oconomowoc the opened up an indoor golf center with three simulators that I will play on this winter.

How much work was it installing the putting green? I would love to do that, we have a huge unfinished basement. Note - as an accountant, I'm not very handy at all unless it's a 10-key or a keyboard.

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Originally Posted by McMullenCPA

How much work was it installing the putting green? I would love to do that, we have a huge unfinished basement. Note - as an accountant, I'm not very handy at all unless it's a 10-key or a keyboard.

It was kind of cheaply made but it works, and rolls well.  Can't say it has helped my bad putting.  Haha!

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Cipher is that simulator open during summer?
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Yes it is. It is pretty fun as well.
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So how are you going to charge me to show me the push draw?
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So how are you going to charge me to show me the push draw?

Can't charge, I am an armateur. And not even a very good one. Haha!

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Unless you fib about your scores Id say your a very good one but thats just my opinion. This month is busy for me but Id like to take you up on your offer to go to the range what day and time usually works for you.

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Unless you fib about your scores Id say your a very good one but thats just my opinion. This month is busy for me but Id like to take you up on your offer to go to the range what day and time usually works for you.

PM me if you want when you are ready. Lunch time during the week probably works best for me. Otherwise a weekend would work as well.

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Here is a pretty good place in Oak Creek. It has heated bays as well. Only hit there once myself....

http://www.gastrausgolfcenter.com/

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Originally Posted by sigfan2340

Here is a pretty good place in Oak Creek. It has heated bays as well. Only hit there once myself....

http://www.gastrausgolfcenter.com/

Have not been there but played golf with the owner last year and a mutual friend from Oconomowoc Golf Club..  Really good guy.

This is a little closer range for me in the winter.

http://moorlandgolf.com

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