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  • Writer's pictureJohn Riley

Stop Playing Bad Golf in 2023

Your Winter Training Plan...aka Change is Good

Winter is the perfect time to swallow your pride and honestly assess your golf game from top to bottom - then make a training plan to address any needed changes so you’re ready to play your best golf next season!

Here’s the four key areas your Training Plan needs to address:

  • Swing Changes

  • Strength and Flexibility

  • Equipment

  • Statistics and Strategy

Swing Changes

Because swing changes often mean creating new movement patterns, they can often take weeks or months to implement. The Winter season can be the best time of year to make these changes. Now is the time to get busy with leveraging indoor launch monitor technology - you’ll be glad you did.

Strength and Flexibility

What exactly should you work on? Flexibility in your back, shoulders, and wrists?.....or is it movement quality, stability, power generation?

Strength - the goal is not to get in football shape or to bulk up like Bryson Dechambeau. The goal is movement specific strength exercises, designed with the rotational nature of the golf swing in mind.

Flexibility - insulate yourself against injury and increase your range of motion - specifically in your lower back, hips and shoulders. Better range of motion means better technique is possible.

The Payoff: Fewer injuries / feel better / more distance / better scores


The bottom line here is that the wrong equipment will cost you strokes, so make sure you’ve got the right tools for the job.

Let's evaluate your current gear. Are there any current yardage gaps in your iron setup? Are you giving up yardage with your current driver? Can you optimize distance and trajectory by using different iron shafts? Are your current wedges a good match for the turf conditions you normally play in? Is your putter the right length for you?

The Payoff: Reduce wasted strokes and improve confidence


If you aren’t currently tracking your on course performance stats, you need to start. If you are tracking stats, are you tracking the right ones?

For example - why is total putts per round often a meaningless stat?

Answer: It isn’t an accurate reflection of putting performance. If I hit an approach shot to five feet and miss, and you hit an approach shot to 60 feet and take two putts - we both receive credit to two putts on that particular hole - but from a performance perspective, your two putt was considerably better than mine.

Bottom line: How does your current performance stack up against players who shoot the scores you are trying to shoot? In what specific part of the game are you losing ground to those players?

The bad news: if you don’t know where you’re losing ground, you will waste your time practicing the wrong things.

The good news - if you start measuring it, you will know what your practice time needs to accomplish, and your scores will reflect it!!

Strategy & Decision Making

Q: How far do we actually hit the ball?

A: Not as far as we think

Example: how far do you hit a 7 iron?.... not that one time you hit it 169 downhill and downwind, but how far does your 7 iron fly on level ground in normal conditions?

Let’s say it turns out to be 140 yards… fast forward to the golf course......

You’re on the 18th hole needing a par to shoot your personal best score. Your approach shot on the final hole is 150 yards to the pin, 137 yards to clear the lake in front of the green, 142 yards to the front edge of the green. What club will you hit?

Let’s be honest here....we all know you’ll hit the 7 iron based on your assumption that you’ll hit it dead solid and fly the ball 140 and avoid the lake. Bad idea. Wrong strategy. Here’s the reality - nobody hits it dead solid all the time. In fact, we might hit it dead solid maybe 50% of the time at the most.

Think of it this way…If you played that same approach shot scenario 100 times with a 7 iron, and 100 times with a six iron and compared the results with each club - the six iron wins by a MILE. It all starts with knowing your stats - so you can make the right strategy decisions on the golf course.

Ready to get started?

While the rainy weather may be the price we pay for living in the Pacific Northwest, it doesn’t have to slow you down when it comes to playing your best golf next season.

Fusion Golf Academy is ready to help. We’ll assess each key area of your game to understand what changes are needed - then build a practice blueprint for you to follow to play your best golf this season!

Getting started is easy. Click this link to see our Training Package options and get registered today!

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