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How to stay loose in winter (where its actually cold)?

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I wouldn't say Bellingham, WA is a particular cold place for winter but its cold enough that I prefer other sports.  I love to ski and I usually switch to that once Mt. Baker opens its season which it has.  BUT, I finally got down to scratch golf this summer and I'm trying to keep it that way.

I went to the range the other day and after about 2 weeks of no golf, I felt i hit the ball pretty well!  However, I had 2 consistent shots: a baby draw, and a slight push fade.  So, I'm not far off at all, but what I'm wondering is how people stay loose and try to maintain a good enough swing over the winter months?

Obviously, one of the answers is to put time into it.  But, I'd rather spend money on skiing right now.  But, when i do go to the range, I have trouble with what i should work on. Whether it be something specific or general.  In summer, when I have started to play bad, I focused on good balance and timing, some of the basics.  So, that's more or less the mindset I have when I do go to the range in winter.

What do you all do to stay loose and keep swinging well?

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You said it yourself, you need to put in the time, but would prefer to ski instead, it's all about dedication.  If you want to stay in form, then get out and practice.  I've been on a strict 3 times per week routine in the winter for practicing.

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I go to the golf dome all winter long.  Its not perfect as its only a 100-yard long range but its better than putting my golf game on the shelf all winter long and trying to shake the rust off in March.

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Generally speaking, if the golf course doesn't have snow on it....I'm playing golf.   That's how I stay loose.

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I have the Optishot golf simulator. I set it up in my 12w x 12w x 16h barn style shed. I don't hit anything longer than 4 hybrid because of the way I installed the lofts and shelving but it keeps me loose on rainy and cold days and warms me up when the course I am going to has no driving range. I repeat, it is great for keeping you loose and grooving your swing. It is not a true launch monitor and you can play several golf courses on it. I enjoy it a lot. It has helped my hit lower scores on the golf course and has lowered my handicap 2 strokes so far. Good Luck.

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It never hurts to work on your swing in slow motion indoors without hitting balls.  I get antsy in the house and do the pump drill at least 50 times a day to make sure my upper and lower body are staying in rhythm.

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Im actually fairly close, I live in Portland and tend to try to golf at my local course (http://www.pumpkinridge.com) whenever I can during the winter. Though obviously it's much harder to go when it starts to snow so thats when I switch over to practicing my swing at home to try to keep in rhythm.

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I joined a local golf simulator. 20 something HD versions of famous courses, plus a fully stocked bar and food. Not the same as being out on the grass but it's warm and close by! It was great to hit the ground running last spring.
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Well i managed to get out today because the weather had held off raining for an hour! After maybe a month and a half without doing much, I manage to shoot 37 on 9 at my home course.  Can't complain at all! Short game was awesome, missed a few putts but that was to be expected.  Hit the ball very solid, so I'll definitely have to get out more now.

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If there is no snow and it's windy I play which I think is the easiest way to keep your game up all winter. If you don't have that option I'd probably look for a heated range or just swing the club in my backyard.

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Originally Posted by phillyk

I wouldn't say Bellingham, WA is a particular cold place for winter but its cold enough that I prefer other sports.  I love to ski and I usually switch to that once Mt. Baker opens its season which it has.  BUT, I finally got down to scratch golf this summer and I'm trying to keep it that way.

I went to the range the other day and after about 2 weeks of no golf, I felt i hit the ball pretty well!  However, I had 2 consistent shots: a baby draw, and a slight push fade.  So, I'm not far off at all, but what I'm wondering is how people stay loose and try to maintain a good enough swing over the winter months?

Obviously, one of the answers is to put time into it.  But, I'd rather spend money on skiing right now.  But, when i do go to the range, I have trouble with what i should work on. Whether it be something specific or general.  In summer, when I have started to play bad, I focused on good balance and timing, some of the basics.  So, that's more or less the mindset I have when I do go to the range in winter.

What do you all do to stay loose and keep swinging well?

Hey, I'm not too far from you, just across the border; will be playing North Bellingham tomorrow.

Stretch the Hips man, do a quick walk around the block to warm up and then attack those hips. I stretch the hips 2X per day. Find the Youtube vids for titleist fitness, you'll find some great stretching routines!!

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