Depending on where you live and what time of day you like to play, cold weather is something a lot of us have to deal with when playing golf. This is especially true during what I would call the "off season." Those who live in year-round golf conditions such as Florida still have to deal with those chilly mornings.
Geoff Stone lives in England, which is not necessarily known in the golf world for sunny days and high temperatures. He says that because of the cold mornings, he has very inconsistent hits early in his round. He has tried different sorts of things in order to combat the inconsistency, but was looking for some hints about overcoming the cold.
I have been following the daily lessons for a long time and they have had a great effect on my game (I have won the club net championship two years on the trot since starting with you). However, I have a recurring problem. When I start my round (particularly on cold mornings of which we get many in England) I find that I am having very inconsistent hits and the only way that I seem to be able to overcome this is to consciously stop my swing at the top of the backswing. This works but doesn't seem correct, does the Surge have any hints for me?
For starters, the golf swing has to have continuity of flow. If you're pausing at the top, you've effectively brought everything to a stop, which means you've got to restart everything and move to the ball. This causes you to lose your tempo and timing.
One hint I can provide is to be concious of what type of clothing you are wearing during chilly mornings. If you golf in colder weather, it is important that you stay warm but also that you're not inhibiting your free flow of motion that's required to make a solid golf shot. Your clothes should not restrict your movement, no matter how cold it is. In this video, I'm wearing three layers, but I'm able to swing adequately with plenty of maneuverability.
Every year at TPC Sawgrass, most caddies will pull a club and take a shot at the famous par 3, 17th hole during a practice round. One year, DJ's caddie at the time (who is a pretty good player is his own right) took out a 9 iron and stepped up to take his shot at the difficult island green. But, instead of even getting the ball airborne, he hit a rocket into the gallery, which landed in between two people who had no idea what had happened. After the shot, the caddie complained that his shirt was tucked in too tight and didn't allow for him to make any sort of fluid swing. The point here is that even if you are playing at a warm venue, you've got to make sure that the gear you're wearing allows for full range of motion.
One final thing that you should always be doing is stretching before your round. I stretch everyday regardless of if I plan to play golf that day or not, but especially before I tee it up at the course. I never go to the first tee without doing some sort of stretching. Stretching can help you avoid injury and it will also loosen you up for those first few holes on the front nine.
Make sure you're stretching, wearing the proper clothing, and swinging with fluidity and you should have a better defense against mother nature.
Keep it vertical!
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