Winter Golf Practice. Do you have what it takes?
All too often, junior golfers are discouraged from getting outside in the winter weather and putting together a practice session. Golfers don't want to play in wet, cold and dark conditions, never mind practice. The reasons and excuses are understandable, but not desirable.
Is this a tradition we want to continue or cultivate?
I believe not, for the simple reason that golfers will inevitably face these un-idyllic conditions one day in a competition. For that reason alone, we should encourage juniors to dress well and get after it. The Swiss have a saying that I used quite often back in the United Kingdom:
“There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.” ~Anonymous
Power of The People
The human body is a remarkable tool and can perform so many functions that we will never truly understand, one of which is the ability to adapt to the new demands it faces. The body can develop specific mechanisms to help it cope and adjust to difficult conditions- in this case, bad weather.
Simple acts such as changing gloves frequently, holding the umbrella, swinging in excessive amounts of clothing and dealing with the psychological demands that bad weather presents will help the learning process.
I speak a lot about the specificity of practice, and it makes more sense to talk about that now than ever before. If a golfer wants to get good at playing in the rain, they should practice in the rain. If a golfer’s wants to excel playing in the cold, they should practice in the cold. The simplicity is what I find fascinating; one gets better at anything that one does often. Coinciding with the specificity of practice is the difficulty that bad weather brings. Because the difficulty of the environment increases, the human body adapts to those new and more difficult demands, then formulates processes to achieve desired outcomes.
Practice in the wintertime when the weather is at an all-time low. Your body will adapt to the challenge. Then, by the time spring, summer and fall come around, your results will be better because of the practice that was done during the winter.