December 17th, 2019
4 Things to Work on to Improve Your Game During The Off Season
The season may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t work out some kinks to improve your game during the off season. At Seaview Golf & Country Club we have two state-of-the-art golf simulators that you can use to fine tune your golf game for next season. A lower score won’t be achieved by continuing the same habits you’ve been stuck in this past summer. If you want to change your score, you need to change your game. It’s not too late to adjust some aspects of your game.
Understand Your Swing Path (and what it should look like vs. actual) – The arch of your club path is vital to hitting the ball straight. At first, focus on the lower half of your swing (what happens below your elbows on both your approach and backswing), and create a natural swing path. If the club is going out behind, or coming down on the ball, that isn’t natural. Most obviously (but most difficult), come at the ball and push it forward in a straight line. Take some time and practice this swing path with a 7 or 8 iron, and get a buddy to help correct you. Better yet, meet with the Golf Pro for some lessons.
Course Management: By now, you should understand the course inside and out. If you’ve set goals to improve this summer, but didn’t take the time to audit the course and where you’re losing strokes. When you’re golfing the same course a few times per week, you need to approach each hole like a game of chess. You need to be thinking 3 or 4 moves ahead. Your second and third shots are your difference makers. So plan them out ahead of time and shave those last few strokes off your round. Use the driving range option on the simulator to plot out different shot types that you know you’ll be hitting during your rounds next summer and come out of the gates firing.
Learn to Putt: Accuracy and being able to read greens comes with practice and time. For now, get the basics of your putt stroke figured out.
Try overcompensating with the weight of your putter, let the club do the swinging, and keep your eyes on the ball. Test out what happens when you hit the ball with the toe of your putter, then with the foot. How does this help uphill or downhill putts? If you’re taking 36 or more putts per round, just imagine what only taking 27 putts or less would do to your score. That should be reason enough to show up 20 minutes early to roll a few.