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post #1 of 42
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So, this was the first year that I really played golf consistently.  Got hooked at the end of last year playing a couple of times and then played roughly 40 rounds this year.

 

I absolutely love this game but now that it's getting cold in the northeast, I'm wondering what people do once golf courses are closed.  I feel like I've made strides and would like to not regress.

 

The only thing I can really think of is putting indoors.

 

So, what do you do?

post #2 of 42
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Originally Posted by RFKFREAK View Post
 

So, this was the first year that I really played golf consistently.  Got hooked at the end of last year playing a couple of times and then played roughly 40 rounds this year.

 

I absolutely love this game but now that it's getting cold in the northeast, I'm wondering what people do once golf courses are closed.  I feel like I've made strides and would like to not regress.

 

The only thing I can really think of is putting indoors.

 

So, what do you do?

I'm on the exact same ship as you ..Played golf consistently for the last 3 months made minor improvements but now... with it being winter wondering how can i keep it going .. Is it worth playing on the winter greens etc

post #3 of 42

I play until there is snow on the ground or the greens freeze solid.  Then I throw the bag and shoes in the basement until March.  Once the weather changes I then try to figure out which end of the club to hold.

 

Courses along the east coast often stay open year round.  Make some trips to NJ and play.

post #4 of 42

Courses are open all year here. However it gets to a point where playability is bad enough it isn't worth it. Chances are you have some indoor facilities in your area. I'm not crazy about sims but booking an hour in a stall is worthwhile. My favorite place here has video stalls and a sizeable putting green. If you have a PGA SS I've seen people hitting balls in there.

 

A cheap putting green is nice for practicing at home. I use mine year round. Every morning after my workout I putt until I make 18 4 footers in a row. Start over if I miss. I know I won't make many 18 foot putts but missing the short putts is a score killer. Though I do more slo-mo swings and drills in my basement than anything. Heck I do it in my office.

post #5 of 42
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I play until there is snow on the ground or the greens freeze solid.  Then I throw the bag and shoes in the basement until March.  Once the weather changes I then try to figure out which end of the club to hold.

 

Courses along the east coast often stay open year round.  Make some trips to NJ and play.

 

Yeah, I live in Albany, NY and from what I understand, golf courses stay open until it snows.

 

The only other thing that comes to mind that I can work on is flexibility.

post #6 of 42

An exercise program to work on flexibility and core muscles can't hurt.  If you've got room in a basement or garage you could think about getting a mat and a hitting net.

post #7 of 42

Here in SW Ohio we have a few courses that stay open on a weather permitting basis. My area is fortunate enough to have a range with heated tees as well.

 

Once in a while we'll get a decent day even in January or February. The one thing I really struggle with in the winter is the low sun. It's just a real pain to find the ball sometimes.

post #8 of 42
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An exercise program to work on flexibility and core muscles can't hurt.  If you've got room in a basement or garage you could think about getting a mat and a hitting net.

 

Yeah, there has to be someone out here that has a workout regime that focuses on flexibility and core muscles.

 

Unfortunately, I don't think my basement is high enough to swing a club.

 

And the garage is cold - haha.

 

But I like the idea of a mat and hitting net!

post #9 of 42
Hitting net in basement. Actually it's an old sheet and I use foam golfballs. My ceiling is a little low so I general practice with an 8iron with a punchy 3/4 follow through. It's better than nothing and I use video frequently to check very specific pieces of my swing. Hoping to not regress this winter, actually hoping to improve this winter which should be very doable thanks to Evolvr showing me how to prioritize and what to look for when analyzing my own swing.
post #10 of 42

Mat and net in the garage (and a heater) - room enough for my mid irons.  The entry carpet is perfect speed for putting and the other carpet is very slow (so I get to putt harder and see if I can maintain my line).

 

Also joined an indoor place just now where we can hit (there's about 30 yards of flight before the net - better than my garage) and putt and do short game and even workout.  They have Trackmans (Trackmen?) also.

post #11 of 42
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Hitting net in basement. Actually it's an old sheet and I use foam golfballs. My ceiling is a little low so I general practice with an 8iron with a punchy 3/4 follow through. It's better than nothing and I use video frequently to check very specific pieces of my swing. Hoping to not regress this winter, actually hoping to improve this winter which should be very doable thanks to Evolvr showing me how to prioritize and what to look for when analyzing my own swing.

http://evolvr.thegolfevolution.com/ ?

post #12 of 42
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Mat and net in the garage (and a heater) - room enough for my mid irons.  The entry carpet is perfect speed for putting and the other carpet is very slow (so I get to putt harder and see if I can maintain my line).

 

Also joined an indoor place just now where we can hit (there's about 30 yards of flight before the net - better than my garage) and putt and do short game and even workout.  They have Trackmans (Trackmen?) also.

For those of you who have nets, do you use real golf balls or plastic ones?

post #13 of 42

real golf balls, do a search on indoor ranges, indoor nets, indoor golf, home practice, etc etc etc.  Lots of cheap and easy setups.

post #14 of 42
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Originally Posted by Ernest Jones View Post

Hitting net in basement. Actually it's an old sheet and I use foam golfballs. My ceiling is a little low so I general practice with an 8iron with a punchy 3/4 follow through. It's better than nothing and I use video frequently to check very specific pieces of my swing. Hoping to not regress this winter, actually hoping to improve this winter which should be very doable thanks to Evolvr showing me how to prioritize and what to look for when analyzing my own swing.
http://evolvr.thegolfevolution.com/ ?
Yep. World class instructors in an affordable format.
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Mat and net in the garage (and a heater) - room enough for my mid irons.  The entry carpet is perfect speed for putting and the other carpet is very slow (so I get to putt harder and see if I can maintain my line).

Also joined an indoor place just now where we can hit (there's about 30 yards of flight before the net - better than my garage) and putt and do short game and even workout.  They have Trackmans (Trackmen?) also.
For those of you who have nets, do you use real golf balls or plastic ones?
Plastic balls are horrible feeling and no fun to hit at all. Real balls are obviously the best but I had to compromise with the wife so I use the closed cell foam balls. The good ones are Almost Golf Balls or the Callaway Hex Practice foam balls. I cheaped out last time and just bought the Golftown branded ones at about a third of the price, they were fine too. One advantage to the foam balls is I just hung an old sheet to hit into and saved the cost of a net.
post #15 of 42
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real golf balls, do a search on indoor ranges, indoor nets, indoor golf, home practice, etc etc etc.  Lots of cheap and easy setups.

I've read about the Rukk Net Pop-Up being pretty good but a bit expensive.

 

I heard the The Callaway Tri-Ball is also good and seems a bit more in my price range.

post #16 of 42

In northern Maine our season has been over for a few weeks and won't start up till late May, hopefully a little sooner depending on the winter. In years past I just putt over the winter but the high school golf team wanted to fund raise for an Opti Shot and we just bought it a couple of weeks ago so that will be my winter playing, the benefits of being the coach..lol. It will definitely make the winter go by a little quicker.

post #17 of 42

Living in Ohio, I am done for the year. I am now doing indoor practice work. Time to work on the 5 keys some more.  :dance:

post #18 of 42

For several years I had a device with four bungee cords that attached to the bottom and top of a door. I could hook it to the top and use either 1,2,3, or 4 bungee cords attached to a handle and make sets of simulated golf swings with it.

 

It was a very good golf exercise for all of the muscles involved in a golf swing.

 

Unfortunately the cords finally wore out and I haven't been able to find another one like it. This winter I will probably make something similar out of some bungee cord.

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