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Wild Dunes Winter Sports Tips

With the cold weather upon us, the following tips will help keep you and your game in tip top shape. The tips are geared towards golf, however they would be beneficial for all sports. 

These tips come from our Director of Golf, Jeff Minton - 

  1. It's important to stretch before playing any time of year, however in the winter months it's imperative. One the first tee or at the practice range, spend a few minutes doing some golf stretches. An easy stretch to do to improve your shoulder turn is to put a golf club behind your back and between your arms, bend from the waist slightly, and slowly rotate your shoulders level as if you are making a back swing and a forward swing. This will make that first tee-shot much more comfortable! 
  2. The way you dress in the winter season will have significant impact on your swing or stroke. Try to avoid wearing tight fitting, heavy outerwear. This will hamper your ability to create the proper motion and not allow your body and arms to swing freely. When heading to the course or the courts on those chilly mornings, dress in several loose-fitting layers that you can shed when the temperatures rise. Keeping your head, hands, and feet warm will also make those winter rounds much less frigid. Wear a hat, warm socks, and winter gloves. 
  3. If you can, walk the golf course. Walking will keep you warm, not only by the exercise you get, but also will reduce the chill of riding in a golf cart. 
  4. While swinging the golf club in cold weather, focus on maintaining a steady tempo and good balance throughout your swing. This will ensure that you are hitting solid shots that will fly farther and stay in line. 
  5. On days where the winter chill is too much for you to handle (for me, that's below 60 degrees), there are a couple drills you can do indoors to improve your game. The first is to position yourself in front of full-length mirror and take some simulated swings while watching yourself in the mirror. The more your eyes see the proper positions in your golf swing, the easier it will be to re-create that motion when playing a round. This is also great advice for tennis players. 


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