It's "a tradition unlike any other." It's Amen Corner. And the Green Jacket. It's The Masters, the unofficial start of the golf season, no what kind of weather we're experiencing here in Minnesota, more than 1,200 miles north of Augusta National. But…
Here in Minnesota, we’re always hoping for that one last round of golf before the snow flies — and this season we were still playing into November. As a result, we might put off cleaning our golf clubs, and once the snow starts falling we forget about that job and store them for the winter. (Writing this story reminded me about my neglected sticks.) So here are a few tips on how to clean your clubs and put them away for the offseason x(or at least until it’s time to jump on the plane and head south).
There are a number of ways to clean your clubs. In fact, you should be doing it after every round of golf. (One golfer commenting online offered this advice: “After every shot I just take the time to completely clean the head of the club via a wet towel and make sure the grooves are totally clear.” That may be fine if you have the course to yourself, but the rest of us would like to play 18 holes in under five hours.)
The spring golf season doesn’t come soon enough for us Minnesotans, but we will extend that wait if we are not ready when it arrives. We can’t play golf during the winter in Minnesota, but we can get our bodies ready to go for when it’s time to put the first peg in the ground. That means trying out some golf exercises for staying in shape during the winter months.
We can all help ourselves by not over-indulging during the holidays, but that isn’t much fun when the days are dark, cold and short. So how about we consider some of these exercises, and then we can at least indulge without going overboard.
Winter Golf Exercises
Strength, flexibility and endurance are three keys for maintaining your swing and game during the offseason. Here are five to help get you through to that April (or March?) opening of golf you’ve been waiting for since you putted-out on No. 18 last fall.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, fall is the not end of the golf season in Minnesota. The courses don’t cover their greens and they don’t shutter the clubhouses when the trees start to turn. In fact, fall is one of the best times to play golf in Minnesota, you just have to be prepared for any kind of weather – because could experience many of them over the course of your round. Check out these fall golf tips so you don’t miss this glorious season of golf in Minnesota:
We’ve all been there. You were having a great golf season and then the dog days of summer come around and your game goes into early hibernation. Suddenly, the shots you made last week are nowhere to be found, and the club feels foreign in your hands. You are experiencing a midseason slump, and there doesn’t seem to be an easy way out.
Well, there are ways to bust that midseason slump. Perhaps the first step in finding a cure is understanding what is behind a slump. Jack Wawro, head professional at The Pines at Grand View Lodge, says it’s hard to pinpoint the cause for everyone.
So, you are looking for a tee time at one of the best public golf courses in Minnesota – one of those higher end courses with the beautiful vistas, great conditioning, and significant challenge – which means there’s a high demand. Getting a tee time is not always as easy as picking up the phone, but that would be a smart place to start. Before you do, though, here are some tips on how to make sure you aren’t shut out from playing one of the many great Minnesota public golf courses.
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