From Damon Klepczynski, PGA, head golf pro, Mountain Branch
As autumn fades to winter and daytime temperatures drop, many golfers in the Baltimore area give in to the temptation to pack the clubs away until Masters week in April. For players serious about improving their game, this could be a big mistake.
"The best advice I can give golfers is to keep playing continually through the colder months," said Damon Klepczynski. "Even if you don't play a full round, just getting in nine holes keeps your mind and body in golf mode so when the spring rolls around it's not like you're starting all over again."
If weather or other commitments keep you from getting to the course, Klepczynski advised hitting the driving range as the next best thing. Even knocking 10- to 15-yard pitch shots around the backyard will help retain touch.
"You just need to regularly have a golf club in your hands and stay familiar with hitting the ball with the center of the clubface," he said.
"Many people feel like they are going to freeze to death on the golf course in the winter. The truth is, you can play in 30-40 degree temperatures if you dress appropriately. Get some thin layering garments like Under Armour and wear a turtleneck and a sweater over top and you'll be fine. Keeping your hands, feet and head warm is important as well."
Klepcynski also encouraged players to walk instead of riding in colder weather. The extra physical activity increases blood flow and core temperature.
"The bottom line is you need to keep doing something golf related as often as you can," he said. "There's nothing worse than picking up a club again in the spring after a long layoff and it feels totally foreign in your hands. A three- or four-month layoff will definitely hurt your game."
Issue 154: October 2010