Ahh, that first smell of fall and winter has arrived. We all know the smell, that first smell of the really cold air and the faint smell of snow in the background. It’s not snowing – yet – but here comes fall and winter right around the corner. For those of us who in the northern states, we’re already loading up our golf bags with stocking caps, winter golf gloves, and hand warmers.
However, don’t pack it in and put the clubs away for the year when it turns cold this season. Fall and winter can be a great time of the year to enjoy golf even when the playing opportunities shrink down a bit. There are always great things to enjoy during the fall and winter season of golf.
There are great deals to be had on courses throughout the country. Check out deals on the internet, advertisements in magazines and newspapers, or cruise the state and region pages on LocalGolfer.com.
The courses become less crowded and there is a lot more opportunity to practice and play your own game in quieter conditions and really enjoy your time on the course.
Fall and winter can also provide you an opportunity to tune-up your game using indoor launch monitors and indoor practice facilities. You can become the best indoor putter on the planet if you setup your own indoor putting range or buy a putting green or putting mat to practice on. These putting greens and putting mats drop to some of their lowest prices of the season during this time of year. How cool would it be to emerge from the “off season” as a more sound and polished golfer with a better putting stroke and all-around game?
- Take a good look at your clubs – do they need to be re-gripped, cleaned, or replaced?
- Your golf bag – when is the last time you cleaned it out and waterproofed it with Camp Dry® or other same type product to protect it from the elements? Or, maybe even bought a new one?
- Your shoes – is it time for new pair, throwing away an old pair(s), a good cleaning, new spikes, or waterproofing?
Catch Up On Your Reading
Learn about the game and its history. Fall and winter provide a great time to review and learn about the game through golf magazines, publications, and books. Some of my favorites include:
Down The Fairway, by Robert T. Jones, Jr. and O.B. Keeler
Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, by Ben Hogan with Herbert Warren Wind
Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect, by Dr. Bob Rotella with Bob Cullen
“And Then Jack Said to Arnie”, & “And then Arnie told Chi Chi”. A series of books and a collection of true golf stories by Don Wade.
Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings From a Lifetime in Golf, by Harvey Penick with Bud Shrake
Golf By Design, By Robert Trent Jones III
Instead of putting those clubs up for the season, think about taking advantage of this year’s change in the weather and really enjoy the game of golf year round.
BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for localgolfer.com. His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumnus living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and @LocalGolfer.
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