When the days grow shorter and colder, you might really start to miss golfing. The sport offers fresh air, scenery, companionship, and fun. It can also improve your concentration and relieve negative stress. Indeed, for those with generational wealth and many others as well, it’s hard to imagine life without this genteel game.
Not to mention, golf can be handy in terms of growing wealth. After all, fairways are great places to network, discuss real estate, discover new passive investing ideas and other wealth building opportunities, and forge stronger relationships with partners, investors, and clients.
For many people, winter takes all of that away. Even worse, after a few months of not playing, you might find that your skills are rusty. And, if you perform poorly on the links come spring, you certainly won’t impress your fellow businesspeople.
Fortunately, there’s no reason to put those clubs away for the entire winter. Instead, if you give the following ideas a try, you can putt and swing away those cold-weather blues.
1. Take a Vacation
To start with, you could fly south, rent a car or hire a driver, and hit as many courses as possible during your trip. You might turn this vacation into a multistate adventure as you visit courses you’ve long dreamed of playing. And all of that sunshine will be rejuvenating.
If you have enough time, you might attend a camp or school in Florida, Southern California, Hawaii, or another exciting destination. It could last a few days or even longer. If you go to a camp with a great reputation, you’ll receive a wealth of useful tips and lots of personal attention. Plus, you can make new friends among your fellow enthusiasts.
Indeed, there are camps for every level of player. Beginners can work on the basics, while advanced golfers can refine their skills to gain an extra competitive edge.
2. Just Keep Swinging
If you don’t own a weighted golf club, you might pick one up or ask for one as a holiday present. You can use it to practice your swing for about three to five minutes per day — or longer if you prefer — in your gym, home gym, or garage. On warmer winter days, you can do this exercise in your yard. It will keep your swing sharp while maintaining your arm strength.
Of course, you’ll want to hit actual balls on occasion. To do so, head to the nearest indoor driving range whenever you have the free time. Indoor ranges offer various benefits. They’re quiet, warm, and private, with no wind or other distractions. You can also receive data and feedback from an instructor or a state-of-the-art software program.
In fact, you might enjoy your indoor driving range so much that you keep visiting it even when the weather gets warmer.
3. A Driving Range of Your Own
Have you ever thought about building an outdoor driving range? It might be ideal for those less frigid winter days. Naturally, this solution works better in places with milder climates. If you live in, say, northern Maine or northern Minnesota, it probably won’t be too helpful.
Obviously, you’ll need disposable income for this expensive setup as well as plenty of real estate, preferably a huge backyard with some woods behind it.
Creating a home driving range starts with investing in a large golfing net. You could position it behind your home, near the edge of your property. Then you could buy a mat with a tee. With these pieces of equipment in place, you can hit balls to your heart’s content on certain days.
Also, once your driving range is ready, you might find that your friends and neighbors start spending a lot more time at your house.
4. Get a Grip
You can use those winter months to work on your grip as well as your swing.
Maybe you’ve developed some bad gripping habits in recent years. Perhaps your hand positioning has always needed a little work. Well, there’s no shame in that! The coldest part of the year is the perfect time to correct this shortcoming.
You could work with a private instructor or a close friend with an excellent grip. Or you could rely on outstanding instructional videos online. Once you learn the right grips for different situations, you can grab a club whenever you have a spare moment and practice them. Soon enough, they’ll be second nature to you.
5. Don’t Forget to Putt
If you’re a typical golfer, more than 40 percent of your strokes are putts. Thus, although it’s easy to overlook putting at times, working on this complex and delicate skill can really improve your game. Fortunately, during the winter, it’s easier to practice your putts than your long drives.
How does investing in a putting mat sound? You could consult a professional or scan internet reviews to find a mat that’s high in quality.
You could lay your mat inside your home, anyplace where you have enough extra space. Then you could putt while you watch TV, talk on a speaker phone, or listen to a podcast. Your dog might even get a kick out of watching you practice. For sure, putting time can be enjoyable and relaxing.
If you’re ever in a pinch, you could do without the putting mat. For example, if you’re at a relative’s house or staying in a hotel, all you need is your club, a ball, a length of bare carpet, and a coffee mug turned onto its side, standing in for the hole. With those items, you can get in a little putting practice.
To make it even more fun, you could ask a family member or friend to join you. If you keep score, the competition could quickly become intense.
Note that indoor driving ranges often have putting greens you can use as well.
6. The Joy of Simulators
One of the most pleasurable ways to practice your game is to use a simulator. It’s like an advanced arcade game. If you’ve never tried one before, it works as follows: You stand on a piece of artificial grass in front of a large screen. You swing a real club, but you hit an imaginary ball. The screen then displays a computer-generated ball flying through the air.
Depending on your stance, how much force you apply, and other factors, the software program estimates where your ball would land in real life. It can also provide you with specific feedback to improve your game.
Indoor driving ranges often have these simulators, and you might even want to buy one of your own. Here’s an example of generational wealth coming in handy!
Furthermore, these devices can replicate many real-life scenarios, including rain, gusts of wind, and crowd noises. They provide a variety of courses and scenery, which makes practicing more engaging and stimulating. They allow you to try out every type of shot. And this software keeps getting more realistic, subtle, and sophisticated all the time.
Additionally, with a simulator, you can view a course from practically every angle, including looking down at it from high above. As a result, you can examine your ball’s different positions and figure out a range of strategies. Doing this analysis should help you become a sharper and more precise player overall.
7. Stay in Shape
Obviously, no matter which sports you enjoy playing, you must remain in peak physical condition to perform at the highest possible levels. Therefore, try to maintain your in-season fitness schedule and nutritional regimen throughout the winter.
Visit your local gym or work out at home at least four times a week, and do plenty of cardiovascular exercises in addition to strength training. In the winter, your personal trainer can be your best friend.
A Few Extra Tips
On top of everything else, you can satisfy your appetite for the sport by reading books about it and watching pros on television.
Plus, it might be a good idea to spend a week or two totally avoiding the sport. That’s right: Don’t watch it. Don’t read about it. Don’t practice. Instead, focus on other things: new hobbies, your passive investing and other wealth building strategies, teaching your cat a trick, or taking care of your houseplants. Anything that takes your mind off the subject will work.
When you take a vacation from the game, you can recharge your mental batteries and gain some perspective. Then, when you go back to practicing once again, you’ll feel refreshed and renewed. And, with your mind cleared, you might realize that you’ve been making certain mistakes, and you should be able to correct them.
As you can see, the winter doesn’t have to be a season that’s devoid of golf. Rather, with dedication and creativity, you can use those months to hone your skills and fix any bad habits you’ve acquired. You’ll return to the links in the spring a new golfer, and your friends and business associates might be amazed by the swinging, chipping, and putting that you’re doing.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an offer to buy or sell any securities or to make or consider any investment or course of action.