Man Is It Cold!

There is zero chance of doing anything outside that is golf related in the winter! We are entering a cold snap where temperatures at night are expected to reach the mid to high 20s…..below zero. This morning when I rolled out of be it was a brisk minus 27° C (-16° F) and the thought of doing anything golf immediately rocketed from my brain. On days like this everything is moves slower including my thought processes. Given that this situation is not unique to this time of year, one would think that I had a contingency plan to keep my golfing passion rolling. Well, usually I do have something in the fire, but not today.

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A Long Winter’s Nap

As winter plods along in the great white north, it is becoming more of a challenge to focus on my golf game. This happens every year about this time and I am fully prepared to accept the doldrums of the lack of golf. I know I am feel sorry for myself, but it is the time of year when my desire to play golf wanes. I do not mind practicing, however I love playing much more. I am not a traveler for golf, so I have a limited opportunity to reconnect with my game. So what is a golfer to do?

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The Winter Wonderland

Yesterday was the winter solstice. Starting today, the days are getting longer (by 2 minutes in the morning and evening). This means that my count down to the start of golf season has started. Only 115 days if you are counting. 😉 Before I get too excited, it is important to understand that weather is very important to Canadians. Because we live in the cold, snowy weather for 3 to 6 months of the year, the count down to opening day keeps my golf dreams alive….or at least part of it. Right now, we only have about eight inches of snow on the ground, but I expect that to increase 400% before the temperatures turn and spring like weather starts to poke its head out from a long winter’s nap.

For now, I am left with dreaming about hitting the links in the spring. For those who do not experience the seasonal changes like I do, here are a couple pictures of the snow in my back yard:

My daughter’s dog, Windsor, loving the snowy outdoors.

Snow covered everything. It is beautiful to see.

The winter wonderland is especially glorious when the temperatures hover around 0 to -5°C (32 to 24°F). I find these temperatures in the winter cold enough to keep everything frozen, but warm enough to enjoy long snowshoe walks, walks in general, or playing outside with Windsor. The winter has plenty of opportunities to be active and I plan to take full advantage of its offerings.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

It Is Still Too Cold For My DIY Driving Net

A couple of years ago I built a DIY indoor driving net in my garage. It is perfect for combating the winter blues of no golf. Right about now, I have set up my driving range and slowing started swing the kinks and aches out of my body. Unfortunately, this years weather has not complied to my requirements and it is still too cold to set anything up.

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The Art Of Giving Putts

For many casual golfers, a gimmie is a staple term during every round. It does not matter at what level of player is on the links, I can almost guarantee that taking/conceding a putt happens. Whether to speed up play or eliminate the frustration of whacking the ball around the green, gimmies happen. Now, to be fair, I am not against conceding a putt or even taking one from time to time. But this happens only and I have to emphasize only during a friendly round.

Well, that is not true, I use gimmies as a strategy during Match Play events, but that is a different kettle of fish.

Putting is a skill that every golfer must master. I realize I am stating the obvious, but it is often overlooked by many amateurs. I have watch countless players spend 25 minutes of their 30 preround warm up hitting balls and only 5 minutes chipping and putting. Personally, I am a 20 / 10 player (with 20 minutes chipping and putting) who feels that honing my short game touch is more important than hitting balls. I am not sure where you stand, but that is my approach.

Gimmie putts are a part of golf. I think each player must decide when and where they want to apply this unwritten action. I do not judge and actually do not care; the only person a gimmie affects during a friendly round is the person taking the putt. I understand this flies in the convention of a serious golfer, but that is where I am today.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!