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Winter-time Blues

It’s that time of the year again. The temperature changes every two days. Rain then maybe snow.

Windy. Cold. No fun!

Even though we have been pretty lucky so far, who knows what is in store....

Whereas it is impossible to predict the occasional nice day to get out to the course for a quick 9 holes, it is very easy to predict your session in an indoor place like my Golf Lab.

Main Reasons that Winter is a Good Time to Take Lessons

Always 70 degrees in the Lab

You won’t have to worry if it is snowing or raining outside. Don’t worry about the wind. Just come prepared with a light sweater and you are ready to go, just like as if you were in sunny Southern Cal.

Focus on Your Swing and Not the Results

When trying to make technical changes to your swing it is important to be able to focus on your body and the shape of your swing. This can actually be very complicated when you are on the driving range because as you may be trying to focus on your swing, you will likely pay more attention to how your ball flies. Seeing your ball fly very often makes you worry and you lose focus on the changes that you are trying to make to your swing.

Indeed, sometimes when making changes we can hit the ball worse for a short while. This is unfortunate but often true. The good news is that it doesn’t last long.

When working in the Lab at Belmont, we can focus on the essentials of your swing and use positive feedback like video analysis, 3D body motion data or club path information from the launch monitor. You will find that when you focus on your swing and not the ball, it is easier to make swing changes. Once you have learned the new moves, you will be ready to put your NEW swing in play on the range and on the course.

Creating Routines

So much of learning (especially when it comes to the golf swing) comes from creating routines. I have learned this first hand over the past few months as I have decided to learn Tai Chi. Whereas I had tried to fool around with Tai Chi in the past, I never took regular classes until last December. I am happy to report that in a couple of months I have come along quite nicely and I can now do the entire 24 Form (albeit not perfectly).

It is the routine of weekly classes that made this possible. Not only did the classes help, but knowing that I would have a class coming up encouraged me to practice a little on my own in between classes. I decided that I did not want to go back to class not having improved a little (I would have been a little embarrassed in front of my teacher).

The Lab is open for lessons 5 days per week. We can certainly find a time that fits your schedule.

"THE AVERAGE GOLFER IS ENTIRELY CAPABLE OF BUILDING A REPEATING SWING AND BREAKING 80, if he learns to perform a small number of correct movements... " Ben Hogan

Be Ready When Spring Comes

There’s no question that everyone has a tendency to hibernate once the cold starts to hit. We just want to stay inside in front of the fireplace and read a book or watch TV. We just want to wait it out.

Well, that technique actually works. The winter ends up going by pretty quickly and BAM, we are back out to the course. Unfortunately, your body and your swing are not ready!

So now you feel rushed to get back into it. The weather is beautiful but your shots are not. You want to take advantage of the good weather but now you are looking for your balls in the woods instead of strolling down the middle of the fairways and making birdies.

Don’t let this happen to you. Get in some weekly practice and your swing will be ready when the good weather comes back.

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