Tips and tricks for winter golf
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Winter can be the most enjoyable time to play golf. With changing conditions however, you'll need to adapt your game. These 7 tips and tricks for winter golf are sure to help.

1 Be Prepared

If you are serious about playing good golf this winter, you need to prepare properly. A good, modern, well-fitted waterproof suit will have all the crucial modern technology to keep you dry in the rain. A good lightweight design will also enable you to make your normal swing, even if it gets cold. You should also look to keep your towel dry by hanging it inside your umbrella. Another good tip is to put all of your spare gloves into a freezer bag. This will protect them from the wet and if the weather gets really bad, you’ll be able to change your glove regularly so you have a firm hold on the club throughout the round.

2 Add Stability

Creating a stable hitting platform is important whenever you play but it becomes imperative in the winter. With soft conditions under foot, try widening your stance a little on all of your shots. This lowers your centre of gravity and will help your stability. By doing this you might not create quite so much speed but the quality of contact should be good enough to make up for it. Also, ensure you regularly clean any mud and grass off the bottom of your shoes.

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Tips and tricks for winter golf

Under Armour’s Spieth 2 shoe has been designed to provide an incredibly stable platform through the use of the brand’s unique Rotational Resistance Spikes. It also has a breathable Gore-Tex upper to provide the highest levels of waterproof performance and is available in a ‘bootie’ construction for even higher levels of protection from the wet.

3 Tee It Up

One of the great things about winter golf is that you actually have more control of your ball. The ball should hit and stick wherever it lands making the fairways and greens much bigger targets than in the summer. To maximise your distance off the tee, you need to increase your carry. That’s why it is well worth teeing the ball up a fraction. Set a little more weight on your back foot at address and make a normal swing from there. These minor tweaks will help you find a few crucial extra yards.

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Tips and tricks for winter golf

4 Core Muscles

Whenever you are playing in the cold, it is imperative that you keep your core muscles warm. Arriving on the first tee without so much as a practice swing will cause a shorter and more compact swing to send the ball off to the right of your target. Do some core stretches before you start and try to make a full upper body rotation on your first swing. This will help you square the clubface and hit the fairway.

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Tips and tricks for winter golf

Modern technical fabrics allow golfers to stay warm wearing clothes that do not restrict the swing. Under Armour’s Storm Insulated jacket, as worn here by Jordan Spieth, uses PrimaLoft Silver insulation to deliver the warmth needed to help you swing your best. It also has the brand’s Storm technology to repel water.

5 Carry Yardages

Any golfer, professional or amateur, looking to play well needs to know his or her yardages. However, this does not mean having an idea of the total distance you hit every club in the bag. Instead you need to know your carry numbers – the rest is down to ground conditions. If it is particularly cold, you may need to take 5 or 10 yards off your normal carry yardages to compensate.

Tips and tricks for winter golf

When the weather is cold, you should think about layering up with modern fabrics. Under Armour’s Cold Gear Compression base layers are designed to both stretch with the movement of your body and provide the warmth of a second skin. Depending on whether it is cold, wet or both you can then start to add the right layers from here to ensure you can still make your best swings.

6 Calm Swings

Whenever you are playing in windy conditions, take a little speed off your normal swing. Make a full body rotation but swing smoothly. Not only will this improve your control but less speed equals less backspin. A flatter ball flight that doesn’t balloon in the wind will actually offer you much more distance.

Tips and tricks for winter golf

Under Armour’s Gore-Tex PacLite jacket is an ideal garment to store in your bag for changeable conditions. Completely waterproof and windproof it is also incredibly lightweight and will offer all the protection from the elements you need.

7 Break on wet greens

It goes without saying that wet greens will be slower than when they are dry. However, what people often forget is that putts will not break quite so much. As such, you need to be able to adjust your mind-set on the greens. Aim straighter and be a little more aggressive with the pace than you usually would be. This approach will also help you find a stronger roll to cope with any imperfections on the green.


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