The Season Isn’t Over Until You Say It Is

Editor’s Note: Hi all, got a guest post from Matt over at TruGolf.com.  Hope you enjoy the change up.

It’s been a great Fall season. You improved several aspects of your game and you’ve been watching your scores drop steadily over the course of the past couple months. You really feel like you’ve hit your rhythm. It’s a shame the temperatures are dropping and you’ll be putting the clubs away soon.

Wait—do you really need to? Temperatures may be hitting the 50s, 40s, or even 30s, but the course is still there, just waiting to be played. Until snow covers the ground, there’s really no reason to call it quits. In fact, with a few simple tips, you can easily add a month or two to your season.

Lower Your Expectations

Before your first swing, understand that your game probably won’t be quite as strong as it is during the prime Summer and Fall months. The cold air makes it tougher to loosen up and relax. As a result, your swing will be a little stiff and you won’t get the usual distance. That’s OK, as long as you’re willing to lower your expectations a bit and focus on fun.

Layer Up

Rather than reach for the puffy jacket or parka, slip on a few strategic layers for maximum flexibility. You’ll want to start with a light, snug, synthetic base layer. A breathable, synthetic base layer pulls moisture away from your body to the outside surface of the fabric, so you stay warm and dry. Next, a light- or mid-weight synthetic layer keeps your body’s warmth from escaping. Finally a light, water-resistant shell blocks wind, rain, and snow to protect you from Mother Nature. Multiple layers allow you to remove and add for optimum temperature, and they eliminate the need for a bulky jacket that gets in the way of your swing and limits movement.

Bring Hand Warmers

Once your hands go numb, your game will go downhill fast. Gloves are great, but they’re bulky and only trap the heat from your hands. Hand warmers, on the other hand, actually produce heat. They’re also small enough to leave in your pockets for the whole round, just warming your hands between shots by putting your hands in your pockets.

Stay Hydrated

Chances are, you won’t be sweating much playing winter golf. However, your body loses moisture through your breath. You may not feel thirsty, but you can become dehydrated quickly, so you need to force yourself to drink plenty of water. Failure to do so will lead to headaches, fatigue, and a very unenjoyable round of golf.

 Club Up

In chilly weather, you won’t be hitting the ball as far. In order to stick to your normal strategy, you may need to take an extra club, rather than just accepting the fact that you’ll be short. There’s no shame in this. After all, you’re out here swinging while your buddies are at home huddling around the TV.

Some more useful cold-weather tips:

  • Use a soft-covered ball – while you’ll lose a bit of distance, you’ll get more feel
  • Use a golf simulator – once the snow falls, there’s no better way to train
  • Use yellow high-vis balls – easy to spot when there’s frost or even light snow on the ground
  • Stay away from the booze – it lowers your core temperature. Drink coffee – it stimulates the nervous system
  • Play nine at a time – leave the option open to duck out early in case it’s just too chilly

Bio

Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.

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Happy New Year!

You may be thinking I am taking some time off.  You’d be partially right.  I’m always doing something with the site, but over the holidays wanted to give everyone a break to enjoy the time with friends and family.

That being said, I wanted to wish a Happy New Year to everyone.  Hopefully 2018 is a great one!

Happy Holidays!

No real post today as TGT and family are celebrating Christmas.  I do want to wish everyone out there reading though a sincere wish for happy holidays.  No matter what you are celebrating, I hope you are able to take time to be with family and friends and enjoy some relaxation.  Be good to each other!

Roll Back The Ball?

The clamoring for some kind of roll back of the golf ball is becoming louder by the day.  So many big names have added their opinion from Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods.  After reading Jim’s post at The Grateful Golfer, I decided to add my take.

I think the first question is what is the problem with players hitting the ball so far?  In my view, the sustainability of golf is at stake.  Right now many classic courses cannot host pro events anymore without increasing length.  This usually changes the character of course.  Not to mention longer courses require more water, money, and work to maintain.  In the current environmental state of the globe I don’t think we should be using more of our resources.

As a golf fan I enjoy some long drives, but I don’t enjoy courses being pitch and putt.  That is just my opinion, but I think golf fans would enjoy it if we could hold big events at some of the world’s classic courses without relying on weather or absurd rough to mount a challenge to the players.

So that is the issue I see, but what is the solution?  I’ll give you a few options and my thoughts.  I’ll be the first to say that I am not going to cite hard data, but it is out there.  Do the research and come to your own conclusions.

Roll back the ball

I think this will open opportunities to return to classic courses, increase sustainability, and reduce the need to have super long courses.  The problem is that amateurs may feel like they don’t relate to pros, but do they really anyway?  I don’t relate to 350 yard drives.  If they feel this way it may hurt participation in the game.

Smaller wood sizes and increased iron lofts

In theory the ball would spin more and have shorter flight.  Also we would have irons that are closer to what they say they should be instead of a 9 iron with 7 iron loft.  Now I think it would be naive to say that the OEM’s wouldn’t fight this hard.  Everyone loves lawsuits!

Conditioning

It always baffles me how pros get so much roll at courses they play.  I never get that at my home course and I don’t feel like we over water.  Somethings can surely be down to slow down the fairways.  If this results in more water usage though it may not be worth it.

I think the best fit is some type limited flight ball.  The other options are fine, but less clear cut.  We can standardize the limits on the ball so all the manufacturers can still compete.

This ball still gives the advantage to longer hitters, but they won’t hit it 350.  The problem I see is where to stop using it.  Do we go to just pro events or down to college?  I certainly don’t want to be limited since I may hit it 260.  So the answers are not easy, but I think we have to start having the discussion.  Let me know what you think.

Wyre Titan Golf Ball Review

A little while ago I got an email from Hani at a golf ball company called Wyre.  I had never heard of Wyre so I was certainly intrigued.  After a bit of correspondence with them I had the ball you see in the picture below in my possession. Continue reading “Wyre Titan Golf Ball Review”

Justin Thomas, The $10 Million Man

The Tour Championship this past week capped off a truly breakout season for Justin Thomas.  My goodness what a season!  He had five wins, captured his first major, and won the big season-ending prize.  I don’t think he could have done any more to solidify player of the year.  If I had a vote it would be JT no doubt.

Additionally, not that he cares, Justin stepped out of the media-created shadow of Jordan Spieth.  We’ve been told about their friendship about a million times, but the SBK crew was always a step behind Jordan in achievements.  Thomas solidified himself as an equal this year with all of the success.  He is a legit Top 5 player in the world and could be a force for years to come.

One thing I am super excited about is JT’s inclusion in the President’s Cup and more than likely future Ryder Cups.  His personality and playing style will be a great addition to the events.  He should be a force for years to come.

Many congrats to Justin Thomas!  Now that we’ve given him his praise here are some other things on my golf mind.

  • I know this is posting after the President’s Cup, but even though I am excited about JT I am not overly thrilled about this particular event.  I’ve gotten to a place of golf viewing fatigue.  I am in my chill out mode until a few months when I will be anxious for The Masters.  So hopefully the US team won 🙂
  • I would really like to watch The Skins Game or a mixed-team event in November.  I like watching different formats after a full season of 72-hole stroke play.  Hopefully these come back in the future.
  • Will we see Tiger back in 2017-2018?  My guess is no for 2017, but maybe 2018.  I’m hopeful he can make some kind of healthy attempt at a comeback.  He’s my all-time favorite and I just want him to be able to go out on his own terms.
  • Thanks for reading!  I see the numbers and I am thankful for all of you.  It gives me the support to keep creating posts and content.

 

 

Thoughts on the FedEx Cup So Far

We are three fourths of the way through the FedEx Cup Playoffs and I wanted to share my thoughts on the tournaments so far.  I’ll go event by event to keep it simple.

The Northern Trust

The ending to this tournament was the best part.  You had a battle in the final round between two stars in Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.  DJ came roaring back in the final round to force a playoff.  The extra holes began on the somewhat controversial 18th hole.  Due to the architecture of the hole longer hitters have a substantial advantage by taking the aggressive line over the water.  Dustin put this on full display when his drive resulted in an approach that was about 70-80 yards closer than Jordan’s.  A stuffed wedge and one putt later and DJ was the champ. This was a great start to the playoffs.

Dell Technologies Championship

I always like watching this tournament because it takes place outside of Boston, my favorite city.  Gil Hanse has done some extensive work to the course and he is one of my favorite architects working right now.  This event featured plenty of star power as well.  Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth were the primary players with Marc Leishman hanging around as well.  It was comical to listen to the announcers mention how good of friends Justin and Jordan are.  I mean, we all know they are buddies, but it was ridiculous how much often they brought it up.  I almost thought they may concede the tournament to Leishman because it would affect their relationship if they beat each other.  Anyway, JT turned it on over the last few holes and ended up cruising to the win.  Even though Spieth didn’t get the win he moved into first place in the standings.

BMW Championship

I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch a ton of this one.  I had a deadline at work the Friday of the tournament and I came down with something as well.  Even if that wasn’t the case, Marc Leishman’s extraordinary play made this one a bit of a snoozer.  He seized control on Saturday staking himself to a five stroke lead.  Well he finished it off with the same margin.  Great playing, not great theater.

So now we move on to the Tour Championship.  I’ve seen plenty of articles that discuss golf finishing the main season before football starts.  I couldn’t agree more.  I love golf, but my interest wanes with work obligations, Clemson football, Patriots football, and wanting to get in as many rounds as I can.  East Lake is an interesting place as it doesn’t seem to favor one type of player.  Hopefully it will go down to the wire!