By Stuart Smith

While the winter months don’t necessarily mean you’ll stop playing golf altogether, you’ll likely struggle to play anywhere near as many rounds as you would during the summer. Whether the ground is frozen or the weather too cold and wet, for some people the winter is a season to put the clubs away for a few months and take some time away from the golf course. But just because you aren’t playing golf doesn’t mean you can’t improve your game.

The winter is a good time to look at your game and analyze the things you have done well and what you can do to improve next year. Think back or check your scorecards and consider your best and worst rounds of the year. In both cases, you will probably not need to think too hard – these rounds tend to stick in the memory quite well for obvious reasons. Think carefully about the day when you played your best round. How did you feel on that day? What was the best part of your game? Was there anything you did differently to previous rounds? Having completed the above tasks, you can start planning what you need to do ahead of the spring – get your mind engaged in the good. A great read that is pertinent to this idea is Be A Player by Lynn Marriot and Pia Nilson. And if you’re willing to invest 60 hours, Tabatha Gold is a great program. I highly recommend both.

Stuart Smith is the PGA Director of Golf at the Somersett Golf & Country Club