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Spring is in the Air

As the calendar flips from February to March, spring training is in full swing, the Pro Tour is making it's way through Florida, and the grass begins to green up, the golf season is almost upon us! Temperatures here in South Louisiana have been very mild, and golfers are starting to head back to the courses in full force. We thought it would be a great time to share some Spring Golf Tips, to help get everyone back in the swing of things...you see what I did there?

1.       Get Golf Fit - Depending on your propensity to work out, this could mean anything from starting a daily/weekly walking schedule, to hiring a personal trainer and hitting the gym multiple times a week. Regardless, before you hit the links, it is a great idea to get some exercise in (especially if you have taken the past few months off from physical activity). Here is a link to a Golf Digest article that offers up some exercises specifically designed to get you golf ready http://www.golfdigest.com/gallery/coreworkout.

2.       Get a Grip - Many of you may have put the clubs up for awhile, or you certainly probably have not been playing as much as you will be over the next few months. Take some time to access your golf grips. Here are some tips on how to choose what grip is the right fit for your game http://www.pga.com/golf-equipment/grips/selecting-right-golf-grips.

3.       Practice Makes Perfect - Make it a point to get out to the range or putting green a few times a week as you prepare for the season. To ensure that you stick to a schedule, my advice would be to put it on your calendar, just like a business meeting or a doctor's appointment, by doing so, you are more apt to make sure that you follow through.

4.       Get Fitted - A new season means all types of new equipment has hit the shelves. Maybe you are in the market for a new driver, new wedges or maybe even an entire set of irons. If this is the case, do yourself a favor and get fitted. Here in Baton Rouge, we are fortunate to have GolfTEC, right down off Corporate Boulevard. They have a stable of professionals that are trained to analyze your swing, and cutting edge technology to help match you with the right club for your game.

5.       Study Up - It may seem obvious to get in physical shape for the upcoming season, but don't forget about the mental part of the game. Bobby Jones once said, "Golf is a game that is played on a five inch course, the distance between your ears." With that in mind, here is a great list of books to help fine tune your mental game http://www.amazon.com/Best-Golf-Psychology-Books/lm/R5WJONMAST7Y7. Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game and Golf is Not a Game of Perfect are my two favorites.

6.       Set Goals - Why not start off the 2016 golf season with some goals. Maybe you want to play more golf, maybe you want to lower your handicap by a few shots, or how about qualifying for the state amateur championship. No matter what you want to accomplish, write it down, and make it a focal point during the upcoming season.

7.       Fashion Sense - If a new season means new clubs hit the shelves, it also means new threads and styles will hit the floor in your local golf shops. Maybe you are not quite as fashion forward as say, Rickie Fowler, but you sure don't want to hit the links looking like Johnny Miller circa 1973. Here are some of the hot trends for 2016 http://www.pgatour.com/style-report/2015/10/29/golf-apparel-style-insider-2015-2016-pga-tour-season-....

8.       Take a Lesson - Use the new season to usher in some changes to your golf swing. A fresh start to the year is a perfect opportunity to break some bad habits. Lessons will also give you something to focus on when you hit the range (see suggestion #3). If you don't feel like you need lessons, at least try and attend a clinic or two, just to brush up on some fundamentals.

9.       Golf Getaway - Why not plan a golf excursion. Maybe a weekend away with your weekly golf buddies, or a trip to the resort with the wife. Do you have a golf "Bucket List", if so, check a course off that you have been yearning to play (if you don’t have a golf "Bucket List", make one ASAP)!

10.   Join the Club - Can you think of a better way to set yourself up for a great year of golf? By joining a club, you will have the opportunity to meet other golfers, establish a handicap, and compete in events. Also, the financial commitment alone will more than likely make sure you are playing regularly, which in and of itself will help your game. Check out the great deals we have here at Copper Mill http://www.coppermillgc.com/join