We might have snow on the ground but you don’t have to stop thinking about your golf game. You might not be taking a lot of full swings at this time of year but you can always find a spot and some time to keep your putting stroke alive and well. Staying in touch with your putting stroke during the off-season will give you a huge head start to better scores come spring… especially working on those short putts! Go dig out your putter and a few balls (hopefully you still know where they are) and start by storing them somewhere where you might almost have to trip over them on a day to day basis (preferably not on top of the TV remote). This simple act will help battle the ‘out of sight… out of mind’ problem. Any chunk of carpet or one of those ‘putting mats’ would be perfect. You don’t even need a hole to putt to; just putt at another ball. Make a game of it, count how many in a row you can sink, or force yourself to sink 20 short putts before you get to make your evening cocktail. Any chance you get to put a golf club in your hands over the winter months will serve your golf game well come spring, but just think how nice it would be to sink all those short putts during those first few rounds of the season.
Have fun, Dave Lengyel