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How to Keep Your Golf Game in Shape During the Winter

Looking to spend your winter months golfing, check out the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach blog for 4 helpful tips, including golfing at the beach! Learn more.

Are you ready to curl up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and your favorite Christmas movie? Or are you ready to battle the cold winter weather and head outside to kickstart your winter golf game and ensure you are raring to start the new golf season in great shape? Hopefully, the answer is the latter, as the winter months can be the perfect time to work on your golf swing and prepare yourself for the new season. 

Whether you are a seasoned golfer simply looking to get to the next level and keep lowering their handicap, or perhaps a first-time golfer who is ready to try out the clubs received at Christmas, you can work on your game during the off-season. The winter season is undoubtedly a great time to get out and enjoy this sport that deserves to be recognized as an all-year experience. 

One of the significant benefits of heading to the Gulf Coast during the winter months is that you won’t face the frigid temperatures associated with the northern states. Instead, you can experience a collection of golf courses that remain in excellent condition throughout the dormant season.

Before venturing out in the Winter, you should certainly follow these tips to maximize your time on the course. In addition, you want to ensure you are doing everything possible to be prepared for the golf season to start in the spring.

4 Tips for Golfing in the Winter

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Escape the Colder Climates

Heading to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is one of the best ways to escape further north colder weather. If you live in a climate where snow covers the courses throughout the winter months, a trip to the Gulf Coast is a no-brainer. 

 Not only are you able to escape the cold weather, but you will also be able to play a variety of excellent courses. The winter months are the perfect time to sample all that the Gulf Coast offers as they are frequently quieter and offer cheaper green fees. In addition, the winter season on the Gulf Coast is unlike other destinations, given that the climate often allows golfers from all corners of the globe to play year-round. 

The local greenkeepers will utilize the winter months to improve the course, but this should take nothing away from the quality of condition that golfers can enjoy throughout the off-season.

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Head to the Driving Range

A trip to the driving range is perhaps the best and most affordable way to tee off during Winter. The Orange Beach Golf Center offers a self-service driving range, open until 9 PM daily. So even on colder days, you can head over to the range and hit a quick bucket of balls before heading home and still feel like you have done enough to keep your swing in check. 

 Be sure to spend quality time at the range, rather than focusing too much on how many balls you hit. This is also a great time to continue fine-tuning your short game, and a quick trip over to the practice putting green and bunker area will certainly benefit you when the new season starts.

Many players assume the winter months means that your golf clubs should be put away in storage, but for those that are willing to take the time and face the elements at the driving range, they will likely be the ones that will start the spring golf season ready to shoot their personal best scores.

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Work on your Game at Home

If the cooler temperatures are enough to keep you from venturing out to the golf course or driving range, be sure to spend some time at home either in your living room, hallway, garage, or back yard working on your short game. Purchase a cheap putting matt or chipping net, and this is a great way to continue keeping the feel of a golf club in your hand throughout the winter months.

Consider purchasing an indoor net and even perhaps a golf simulator for more ambitious golfers who have the space. This allows you to continue hitting balls throughout the winter months while remaining in the comfort and warmth of your home (you will find this to be highly beneficial all year round). 

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Improve Flexibility

The winter months are the perfect time to focus on your fitness and strengthening regime. Flexibility is one of the critical characteristics of improving your golf swing, and staying in shape is the best way to accomplish this. While the winter months will likely pose some challenges with seasonal meals waiting to entice you, it’s also a great time to set new year’s resolutions and goals to ensure you are raring to go at the start of the new golf season.

One of the most underrated types of exercise for golfers is yoga. You may be surprised to hear that many tour pros use yoga and meditation to physically and mentally help them. If it’s good enough for the best PGA Tour professionals, it’s good enough for you. Whether you opt to experience yoga at home or visit a group session, this is an activity that will benefit every aspiring golfer.

Are you ready to head to the Alabama Gulf Coast to work on your game at one of the most spectacular golf destinations? Take a look at the special offers available to find golf packages, accommodation deals, and vacation rentals.

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