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Winter Workouts for Minnesota Golfers

November 10, 2014

Where to Work On Your Game When the Snow Flies

No matter how much we want to delay the inevitable, Minnesota weather forces all of us to quit playing before we’d like. But when the snow starts to fly, you don’t have to put the clubs away. There are still ways – and places to play golf indoors in Minnesota to work on your game.

Minnesota has a wide variety of indoor golf facilities to work on your game, either on a regular basis, all winter long, or to start ramping up to the season as spring approaches. Either way, the off-season is a great time to focus on the fundamentals and/or swing changes that are so hard to work on during the season itself.

Minnesota Golf Academy

Courtesy of Minnesota Golf Academy

Kathy Swanson, director of member service and player development at the Minnesota Section PGA listed several options where Minnesota golfers can work on their games during the winter months:

These indoor Minnesota golf facilities have many tools that will help keep you on top of your golf game during the winter months.  A driving range, short game area and large putting surfaces are standard. Many of the facilities encourage PGA Professionals to bring their students in for lessons.

Luke Liebel, PGA professional at Windsong Farm, offered a few tips to make the most out of your winter golf training:

Use your usual warm up routine

When you are at an indoor dome, approach each shot like you’re still playing outdoors. Stand behind the ball and visualize where you want to hit it. You’re working on a repeatable motion, but also a repeatable routine.

Work on tempo and consistency

If you really want to improve, don’t just hit shot after shot mindlessly, without thinking about what you are actually doing. Concentrate on tempo and fundamentals to make the most of your time at the golf dome or indoor simulator.

Work on your putting

40 percent of your score is putting, so work hard on improving that part of your game over 3 months during the winter. At home or in the office, pick out a spot on a carpeted area and mark out 10, 20, and 30 feet if you can. Work on lag putting and finding the right stroke for those distances.

Get in shape!

You won’t be on the golf course for 4 hours, so why not use some of that in the gym? The extra strength and/or flexibility could really increase your distance off the tee.

So, no need to neglect your golf game while the snow swirls around those dormant greens.  Get yourself to a gym and an indoor golf facility in Minnesota to get ready for next season.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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