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How can I keep my game up during winter. I live in Alaska and won't be able to play golf till probably May. I just started playing last year and got my scores down to around 100-105 on 18. I want to keep improving but its kinda hard to when I live in an apartment and everything is covered in snow.

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More strokes can be knocked off by being a better putter. Get a decent putting mat and develop a consistent putting stroke. Nice and toasty in the dark of Alaska winters. Now, if it does warm up to 30 below on some days, why not just swing a club outside? Use polar bear poop as balls or something? Have a friend who plays who has a garage? Set up a mat and a net and practice. There are some less expensive swing analyzer programs for iPads and phones that can make it worth while to swing a bit. Things like Swing byte, and that Zepp golf thingee. But- I would also look around, and see if there any of those kooky golf clubs around that play on the ice and snow. May not be the best for 'real' practice, but it might just get you out and have a good time- and you might meet people who have a place in SOMEPLACE WARM WHERE YOUR BALLS DON'T FREEZE!
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More strokes can be knocked off by being a better putter.

Than working on your full swing?

What site have you been reading since you joined eight years ago?!


OP, spend a little time on your putting. Maybe 15%, maybe even 20% just because it's winter.

When you do, work on the three things to great putting:

Read LSW (click the badge below) too. Practice your full swing the rest of the time. Short game will be somewhat difficult in the winter…

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Than working on your full swing? What site have you been reading since you joined eight years ago?! [rule] OP, spend a little time on your putting. Maybe 15%, maybe even 20% just because it's winter.  [CONTENTEMBED=/t/58816/65-20-15-practice-ratios-where-to-devote-your-practice-time layout=inline]​[/CONTENTEMBED]  When you do, work on the three things to great putting:  [CONTENTEMBED=/t/77086/3-keys-to-better-putting layout=inline]​[/CONTENTEMBED]  Read LSW (click the badge below) too. Practice your full swing the rest of the time. Short game will be somewhat difficult in the winter…

In the absence of SENSIBLE temperatures... ANY practice can help... But I think I was getting at not "more" as is total, but "more" as in 'additional'. Sorry if it came out oddly.

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But I think I was getting at not "more" as is total, but "more" as in 'additional'. Sorry if it came out oddly.

Yes absolutely, "more" as in "additional." Particularly focus on the three keys to putting when you do practice putting (learning green reading will be tough unless you have an indoor facility)… and spend a lot of your time on the putts from 3-15 feet, and particularly from 3-10 feet. When you practice putting, that is…

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Yes absolutely, "more" as in "additional." Particularly focus on the three keys to putting when you do practice putting (learning green reading will be tough unless you have an indoor facility)… and spend a lot of your time on the putts from 3-15 feet, and particularly from 3-10 feet. When you practice putting, that is…

How would you practice the bead portion of putting inside your house?

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I have a net and mat that I set up in my basement (9ft ceiling) and I hit the Callaway Foam Practice balls into the net.  I hit between 50-100 shot's each day, working on primarily full wedges through 8 iron.  Last night I did hit my 3 hybrid a bit.  I will hit reall balls into the net for some chipping/pitching pracitce.  I also have a putting matt (Skilz accelerator) that I will practice some putting.  I really just focus on my stroke.  I did just down load the app Tour Tempo this week and have been playing around with that.  Even if you don't have room to do full swings you should be able to find space to chip and putt indoors.

Also, I do an acutal workout in the winter. Not trying to bulk up but I do work on my core and strength training.  I don't do a lot of cardio but I will do some.  Core work can really help stabilize your swing and prevent injury.

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I joined a indoor simulator, where for an extra 25.00, I can go(make appt.'s via the internet) at any hour...I've been there @ 4:30am...and s ome nights @ 12:30am...It's a great way for me to dial in my distances, if even in a controlled environment,but at least I have something to go on.I also am using impact tape.My question is I wish I can find somewhere, where I'm hitting the ball(toe/heel etc...) and how to correct that so as to where I am hitting more on the center sweetspot.

Thanks for any info on this...

Happy New Year

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@jballard388 ,

Winter is hard for golfers in northern climates.  In addition to indoor ranges, other things you can do to improve are:

  1. Mirror work - use a mirror to look at your setup, takeaway and other points in your swing.
  2. Golf Fitness - Work on improved flexibility and power.

For the first, I would do what is recommended in the thread below.

For the second, I recommend the following books/DVD as well as the Titleist Performance Institute.  They have lots of drills.

Titleist Performance Institute - It is free

http://www.mytpi.com

Best of luck

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I went nuts last year thinking I needed to constantly practice during the winter and I got off to a slow start when the weather was better, scores weren't great for a month or so. This year I am limiting it to indoor lessons with my instructor and whatever playing I do. If it's nice enough to hit the range here and there I'll do it but not going to force it. I played very little after 08/31 with no practice and every time out it I was fine. I certainly won't make any gains but I don't think I'll lose anything.

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Originally Posted by boogielicious

Titleist Performance Institute - It is free

http://www.mytpi.com

Best of luck

Never heard of this.  What's it for?

They have a bunch of videos to show how to improve your flexibility and fitness as well as swing drills.  It's free and many of the fitness/flexibility videos are similar to other ones I have tried.  Check it out.  It's not really a marketing site at all.

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