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I need some ideas for things I can do when it's too cold outside. I'm going stir crazy sitting in a warm house while there is snow and ice on the ground with below freezing temps for weeks to come. I've had the practice green out in the house putting. But what are other drills or things you can do when it's too cold outside and without room for a simulator?
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Indoor, chipping and pitching with those small, golf ball size whiffle balls readily comes to mind. If you don't want to bounce them off a wall, hang a towel up some how, and hit into it. Perhaps a net for full swings, if there is room in the garage, and the ceiling is high enough. I say again, IF THE CEILING IS HIGH ENOUGH.

Another way to pass time is if you have a home course that you use most of the time, you can make a yardage book up from a small steno pad. If memory serves you right from familiarity, draw in the holes, and when you can get back on the course you can fill in the yardages, and the roll of the greens.

If you are desperate, and on the verge of personal bodily harm, you might study up on the rules of the game.

Perhaps watching a few short game pointers on You Tube can get you through a few days.

If you run out of golf things to do, you can always rent a few John Wayne movies, and buy a few gallons on Rocky Road ice cream to get you though the worst days.

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Ive been surffing this and another site a whole lot. Had new grips put on the clubs. However, ive been working on my putting stroke multiple times everyday hitting to bottlecap sized targets around the living room. Cant wait to get on the greens again because I feel like ive made improvements in my stroke in the last week or so around the house, with help from a thread on this site (do not accelerate through ball). Cant recommend that thread enough, improved my putti nf overnight and it just keeps getting better.
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Indoor, chipping and pitching with those small, golf ball size whiffle balls readily comes to mind. If you don't want to bounce them off a wall, hang a towel up some how, and hit into it. Perhaps a net for full swings, if there is room in the garage, and the ceiling is high enough. I say again, IF THE CEILING IS HIGH ENOUGH.

Another way to pass time is if you have a home course that you use most of the time, you can make a yardage book up from a small steno pad. If memory serves you right from familiarity, draw in the holes, and when you can get back on the course you can fill in the yardages, and the roll of the greens.

If you are desperate, and on the verge of personal bodily harm, you might study up on the rules of the game.

Perhaps watching a few short game pointers on You Tube can get you through a few days.

If you run out of golf things to do, you can always rent a few John Wayne movies, and buy a few gallons on Rocky Road ice cream to get you though the worst days.


Those are some good suggestions. I'll sometimes play the World Golf Tour online game, watch the Golf Channel if there's a tournament, or practice putting

I have to really start limiting my winter practice. I have a mat and net setup in my workshop behind the garage. I heat it with a kerosene heater but to be honest, it doesn't get very warm. Anyway, I'm starting to feel the effects on my toes. No joke, I lose track of how long I'm out there and by the time I realize it, the damage is done.

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  • 4 years later...

If my ceiling was too low for my simulator, I'd keep the simulator and work on pitch shots and knockdown shots.  Maybe even play courses on the sim with knockdown shots from the forward tees even.

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3 hours ago, RayG said:

happy hour drinking GIF

That's bad, when a guy has practiced and perfected that technique.

1 minute ago, ncates00 said:

If my ceiling was too low for my simulator, I'd keep the simulator and work on pitch shots and knockdown shots.  Maybe even play courses on the sim with knockdown shots from the forward tees even.

Raise the ceiling or lower the floor.  When I was in my early 20's I lived in a basement apartment and perfected a compact 3 iron swing that just missed the 7 foot ceiling.

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11 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Raise the ceiling or lower the floor.  When I was in my early 20's I lived in a basement apartment and perfected a compact 3 iron swing that just missed the 7 foot ceiling.

Yes, I agree.  I don't have the problem with my sim as I can swing perfectly fine in my garage with little ceiling issues, even with driver.

I was merely responding to the OP's question.  In it, the OP asked for suggestions if there is no room.  I presumed that he meant no room for full swings, and therefore, suggested still using a LM but only working on pitches and knockdowns.

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7 minutes ago, ncates00 said:

Yes, I agree.  I don't have the problem with my sim as I can swing perfectly fine in my garage with little ceiling issues, even with driver.

I was merely responding to the OP's question.  In it, the OP asked for suggestions if there is no room.  I presumed that he meant no room for full swings, and therefore, suggested still using a LM but only working on pitches and knockdowns.

Damn!  I forgot to put a smiley face behind that comment.  😄

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It occurred to me when reading this thread again, winter golf practice doesn't always require using a ball, club, or some other golf paraphernalia. 

Our weather changed overnight from almost perfect, to cold and rainy. Lot's of rain at that. Probably recieved most of our 4.5" inch yearly rain fall.

It was too wet to do anyhing at the golf course, and I wasn't inclined to stay indoors.

So, I bundled up, grab our dog, and went for a 3+ mile, cross country hike, with several elevation changes involved. . 

Got some cardio in. Exercised my legs. Plus, using two walking staffs, my upper torso recieved a work out of sort. All three are important in my golf game. 

Even the dog enjoyed the hike. 

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21 hours ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Dogs always enjoy the hike.  You should take him with you when you play golf sometime...

I have a couple of times. He helps pull my trolley while  he's looking for other animals. 140lbs of St Betnard/Collie mix. 

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  • 4 weeks later...

You are not alone, here in New York it is freezing plus I just got back from a 30+ day vacation in Australia and New Zealand, no golf at all. It is going to be interesting when the weather breaks and I can finally get out on a course. Only hoping for the best but I doubt it. 

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I practice indoors when it is waaay too cold or there's snow on the ground.  My living room floor is great for practice putting.  About 18 on the stimpmeter.  Good if I ever play in a U.S. Open.  I'll be better prepared than Phil.  😀

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