Golfers are generally hardy souls and there are a number of people who will play regardless of how bad the weather is, they will play all year round regardless! These dedicated people are the ones you see out on the course with umbrella’s in hand whilst it’s raining and blowing a gale, still cheerful and still enjoying their game of golf, not everyone is like this though. Some people take a break from the game and go into hibernation mode during the winter because they just don’t like playing in the cold, or because the climate conditions make it impossible to play (Course Closure). Dragging the clubs out of storage and driving straight to the first tee isn’t a great idea if you have had four months off from playing and need to get rid of the rust. So to get yourself ready to restart playing again, here are some tips listed below to get you back to your best as quickly as possible.

  • Check Your Gear: If it’s been a good few months since you last used your clubs and golf equipment, now is a good time to give it a once over. I’m not meaning just give them a clean, I saying you need to check the grips are ok, the shafts are in good condition, and if the grooves are also in good working order especially on your wedges.


  • Start To Work Your Golfing Muscles: I’m not saying that you need to join the gym and start going there five times a week. But if you haven’t played for a few months or kept particular active, you’ll need to get the muscles working again. The effects of eating too many Christmas puddings will of had an effect over the winter, so it is particularly important to take part in some sort of exercise just to get you back into the groove before jumping straight in at the deep end.

  • Hit The Range: As tempting as it may be to again jump straight onto the golf course and play a game of golf, the likelihood is unless you are a very established golfer (low handicap) there’s likely to be lots of rust in your swing which needs to be ironed out through practice or a lesson. The key isn’t just to smash balls nonstop until you run out, but to work hard on the things in your swing which you know need to be looked at. For example hit a range of shots with all the clubs in your bag working on the swing thoughts which you and your coach have talked about in the past. This is a good way to see where you’re at in regards to ball striking and whether you may need to book a lesson to get yourself back onto the right track.

  • Talk To A PGA Professional: If there is something that you are not happy with regarding your swing or your golf clubs, don’t try to self diagnose the problem yourself as this could be more detrimental and course more problems going forward in the long term. Seek advice from us Professionals, as a short 45-minute lesson can end up costing a lot less than what it will if you buy a new driver and see no change in your game. We can diagnose the problem and tell you exactly what you should be working on in order to improve.

  • Once You Start Then Don’t Stop: There is very little point going out on the course, shooting a bad round, then leaving the clubs in the locker room for another two months. Once you commit, it’s always a good idea to follow through with getting out on the course regularly and not let a bad round put you off.


Thank you for taking the time to read my latest blog, I hope this has been helpful for you. To book a lesson with me, please call the shop on 01983 613131

Christopher Reed

PGA Professional

Westridge Golf Centre