GET THE RIGHT CLOTHING

There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing so be sure to invest in layers that include: a base layer, windproof sweater, good waterproofs, a pair of waterproof shoes, some winter mitts and a pair of all-weather golf gloves. Favouring more layers of lightweight clothing, as opposed to one or two fixed, bulky garments will allow you to keep warm without losing the ability and flexibility that is key to any swing. Base layers underneath modern lightweight outer clothing will keep you warm while still allowing freedom of movement.


FIRM FOOTING

There are two simple things to check with your footwear when playing in the winter. The first is to make sure you have a good pair of waterproof shoes and that grass and mud hasn't clog up your spikes. Make regular checks and scrape any amount or loose grass out from between your spikes.


GET YOURSELF A SWING SERVICE

Winter is by far the best time to work on your game as there are fewer competitions that will make it easier to make changes as there is less pressure to perform. Take the opportunity to make some permanent and long-lasting improvements, determine the weaknesses that exist in play and then plan to improve.


IMPROVE YOUR BALL STRIKING ON WET GROUND

Playing iron shots from wet fairways can be a problem during the winter as the grass is generally longer and the ground is less forgiving, so any shots caught little heavy just dig into the wet soil. You can reduce the risk of a bad strike by positioning the ball a little further forward in your stance to catch the ball cleanly.


GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK ON WINTER GREENS

Putting surfaces during the winter are not as good as in the summer. Maintenance work, softer ground conditions and less growth mean that surfaces are not as smooth or as true as in the summer. We have all missed a short putt and misjudged distance, but the key is to stick to a long-term plan of improvement for your putting.