Getting the most from your Winter Golf.
We asked the experts at Forest Hills Golf Club for 2 tips each to make sure we can enjoy our golf for a full 12 months. These are their suggestions:
Golf Professional Sue Bamford:
- The golf course plays longer in the winter than the summer – everyone knows this. The ball flies a shorter distance in cold or damp air, and there is very little roll on the ball. Make sure you change your club selection accordingly. You may need a 6 iron where in the summer you might be using an 8 or a 9 iron. Many golfers often come up short in the winter. Try taking one club more than you think and see how good it feels to be up to – or past the hole!
- Winter is a great time to work on your golf and improve your swing without the pressure of competitions or matches. Consider having some lessons so that you are working on your game in the most effective way. The range is open when bad weather or the dark evenings will keep you off the golf course. The range is also the best place to work on any swing changes. Practice on the range and keep the technicalities to a minimum on the golf course! Video lessons can be useful too.
Course Manager, Paul:
- Make the most of winter rules, you can pick up the ball and clean it (having marked the ball position first) and take preferred lies on the fairway, so as long as you’ve not landed in the rough.
- Help the Course recover faster come spring and stop the slither down slopes by using winter wheels. These Hedgehog wheels have more grip, have less contact with the grass, and can be fitted to most trolleys
Pro Shop Manager, Gavin:
5. Keep a towel in your golf bag to wipe dry your clubs and hands to aid grip and carry extra all weather gloves to wear when they get wet. Also, ensure you have replaced your worn golf shoe spikes with new ones to help with traction.
- Layer up for maximum warmth: Golf clothing manufacturers know what they’re doing. Golf for many is an all year round sport and we recommend an underlayer, then shirt and jumper on top with waterproof coat. Windproof Jumpers are a godsend. Hats and mitts really show their quality when the weather is cold.
Club House Manager, Jean:
- If the conditions are cold, consider playing 9 holes. You can get your practise in and quota of fresh air without overdoing it.
- Rather than taking a nip of something alcoholic, keep going with hot drinks. Warming soup half way round and hot meal afterwards will make you feel great after a chilly round and you can catch up with golfing friends in the warmth of the clubhouse.
Club Proprietor, Ed:
- Golf is supposed to be enjoyable, not an endurance event so call and change your tee time if the weather is really bad or call to check the weather before setting out. Sometimes the weather is far better than forecast and you will get the Golf Course to yourself!
- Take advantage of off-season offers to play some different courses. Rates reduce as clubs are keen for visitors to come and play. Make sure the Course you visit is suitable for winter though and you won’t be wading about in the mud. Check the websites of your favourite courses for the best deals and current conditions.
Forest Hills Golf Club, Gloucestershire:
Book lessons with Sue Bamford, Forest Hills Golf Pro via the Pro Shop on 01594 810823 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf Equipment and clothing can be purchased from Gavin in the Forest Hills Golf Shop. He has a price match guarantee and an online store at www.forestgolfonline.co.uk
Tee times and Golf/Meal packages can be booked via the golf shop on 01594 810823 or by email: email@example.com
Special Offers are sent out via email to our Golf Offers list. Sign up via the website: www.foresthillsgolfclub.co.uk/golfspecialoffers
Any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org