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There are people who think that playing golf in the winter is a waste of time.

Those people are wrong. Very, very wrong.

In actual fact, committing to playing and working on your game throughout the colder, wetter, shoulder months of the year is one of the best and easiest ways to improve.

Not only does it give you an opportunity to keep all aspects of your game nice and sharp, you’ll also be stealing a march on everybody who’s sitting at home.

Here are our five simple tips to help you smash it this winter.

1. Work on your weakness

It’s not fun to think about where it’s gone wrong during the year, but it’s a necessary evil. Think back on some of your recent competitive rounds, and think about where you’ve gained shots and where you’ve lost them. Perhaps you have a habit of three-putting when it really matters, or your long game comes undone down the stretch. If that’s the case, then you know where you need to focus over the winter.

2. Find the right ball

Consistency is key in this sport, and one thing you can keep the same no matter what is the golf ball you use. It doesn’t need to be one of the premium models, but if you can find a ball that doesn’t break the bank and feels right for you, you’re onto a winner. That way, you know exactly what your ball is going to do when it hits the green.

3. MOT the bag

The winter months are the perfect time to give your clubs a once over. If you need to get them re-gripped or check the lies and lofts, this is the perfect time to do it. The best players in the world have access to tour trucks every week, but stopping into your pro shop to get your gear checked is going to be just as useful.

4. Invest in a putting mirror

One thing you can work on when things get really cold is the putter. We’ve all set up a target in our hallways to keep things ticking over with the flatstick, but that time can be even more productive. One of the most common tools you’ll see on putting greens on tour is a mirror. This allows players to check their eyeline, alignment and stroke arc. The best part is, it can all be done in the warmth of your home.

5. Set targets

Think ahead to the upcoming season and set some goals for the next few months. Perhaps you want to win the club championship, get your handicap down to single figures, or win your annual golf outing. Whatever it is, knowing what you’re working towards will make it easier to put the hours in to get better, and give you something to work towards.

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