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Here in Connecticut, we've had a rough couple of weeks of cold and snow. I have 23 consecutive month playing streak that is in severe jeopardy, unless I decide to drive south.
Before taking up gold @ 40, I was an active guitarist, and now, that's what I do in the winter. Singing the blues about not being able to play from the tips!
Winter in the Northeast can be brutal for a golfer. If the forecast holds, by the end of the week we'll have had 5 snow storms in 2 weeks. It can get pretty depressing looking at my clubs just sitting in the basement. But I think it makes me appreciate the summer months more. And it builds more excitement and anticipation for the Masters.
I think the cure for the winter golf blues is the Golf Channel, right? Where else can you go through beautiful top-notch golf courses each week and just wish you were there playing yourself. You can get a little fix when the weather improves for a day or two or, if possible, play a little get away mid-winter to make sure the swing is still there. Regardless of what the groundhog says the daye are getting longer!
I use this time to start window shopping. Make a list of the new gear I'm interested in, say a 3W, and then write down the spec's for each manufacturer so I can compare and see who's trying to claim more distance but really is just using a longer than normal shaft. Likewise with the irons but check the lofts to see who's jacked a 6I up to 27 from a more traditional 30-ish.
Use this time for fitness and stretching so when the demo days DO arrive, you don't pull every muscle in your upper torso because you haven't hit a ball in 4 months. If you can find one in your neck of the woods, find a range with a dome or with covered stalls. Bundle up with some layers and get out and hit a small bucket on a Saturday. Nothing full force just some nice smooth 7, 8, 9 irons to knock the rust off your swing.
We'll be on the tee box before you know it!
Luckily here in CT where I live we have a decent indoor facility, it has not been above 25 * but twice in about 3 weeks so that place is getting quite a bit of use. 4 sand traps, pitching area, 6 simulators, full swing and putting areas.
Last time I was able to tee it up was DEC. 29 it was about 40 that day, now that would seem like a heat wave ! In November I purchased a set of AP1 Irons and a new Titleist 3 wood but I haven't been able to hit them in a temp over40* outside yet.
Waiting patiently [well maybe not so patiently] for spring to get here, all I know is first groundhog I see is a dead varmint !
Low of 20 sounds fantastic.........Try low of -30 with wind chills of -50!!!
It really seems more depressing this year , probably b/c it's been colder than usual. But it is good to let the body heal for a few months. Pounding golf balls year round probably isn't good for the back, elbows, etc.
It's not hard. I play in temps from 30 degrees and up. You can get out of this easy by working on your putting and chipping at home and if you have a basement or room big enough you can make your own practice net and work on making your swing better.
Great news Scott. Mid 60's-70's here for the next week. I'll get to play and will send you pics.
I'm Ready to Snap!!!!!! Up here in New England its been brutal, Mother Nature is cruel!!!
There is so much compacted ice now around my neck of the woods that will take at least a month for the courses to even consider being open. The thought of this is really depressing me now.
Up here in Eastern Canada, (Prince Edward Island) our season runs May 1 - Oct 31. (this would be for the fair weather golfers, however hardcore/crazy guys like myself get out around April 15 - November 30. So we are running on a 5-6 month off season......alot of time (if you don't have kids, which i do so it goes by quicker then it used to)
Golf Channel, reading WRX posts/forums along with Titleist/Scotty Cameron forums, I play TW masters 2014 historic edition, (alot of courses to pick from) etc. We have some indoor simulators we can use. we don't have any full indoor hitting areas, so it can be a long wait......however coming into March, the Masters is upon us, we always get together for that for the full Saturday round. Bottom line in this part of Canada we have to be very creative! I just got some new to me (used) irons, so I am cleaning them up (new ferrules, grips) and basically make "excuses" to go to the basement to fix something......wife is onto me though!
Depressed! You're having a laugh. Emigrate to Scotland and play all year round, even when the temperatures are in the 30s. Don't be so girly and buy a set of thermals and a wooly hat and get out there. Good shooting Memphis!!