We are still all in a stay at home order from the governor. A good idea.
I have a message in to Mike Manahan the pro at Northern Hills to text me when his course will open. As of now it is still closed. The range as well.
So what to do during this time. I will list some things that come to mind.
Learn the rules.
Go online to find stretching exercises just for golf and general fitness.
Go on walks to be physically ready for the season. Most golf courses are around 6500 yards. There are 1760 yards in a mile.
Go online to find videos on teaching things like, grip, swing, putting, chipping, driving etc. Maybe do one a day.
If possible, go to a park. Set up a target and if no one is around, hit some balls to a stick or stake set up at 30 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards.
If you need some old golf balls I have some. Let me know if you would like 20-30 old balls to hit in a park. We use these for practice so I would like as many back as possible.
Swing 25 to 50 times a day. Nothing big just work on shifting your weight and tempo.
Video your swing, send it to me or another player or just for yourself to see what your hands are doing at the top etc. Compare your swing to one on Youtube. Become a student of the game. Learn to analyze your own swing so you have something to work on once we get to the range.
Putting is the easiest thing to practice at home. Set up a course in your house. Putt to a quarter on the floor. Establish a routine, know your trigger to start your putting motion. Again, look how the pros have a routine, how they approach the ball, etc.
That's it for now, if you have ideas, let me know.
If you hear of a course opening or a driving range give me a text so I can spread the news.
Thanks,and take care.
Updated: 3/31/2020 9:40 am
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Updated 3/31/2020 at 9:18am
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march 17, 19, 24, and 26th. 3:15 to 4pm in the gym to hit foam balls.
Bring only an iron or two. I would suggest a 5 or 6 iron. No other clubs are necessary.
More practice information soon.
April 6th at Winona Bridges 2:30 12 players
April 13th at NH vs. Owatonna 2:30 12 players
April 17th at NH vs. Lourdes 3:30 12 players
April 21st: at NH vs. East and Mayo 2:30 12 players
April 30th Big 9 at Owatonna CC 10am 6 players
May 4th: Invite at Lake City (Jewell) 2pm 6 players
May 7th Northfield Invite Noon 6 players
May 8th at MW vs. West and Albert lea 2:30 12 players
May 11 at Austin CC vs. Austin, Century, Faribault 2:30 12 players
May 14th: Mayo Invite Noon 6 players
May 18th: Jewell Invite 2PM 6 players
May 19th at NH BIG 9 Day 2 10 am 6 players
May 26 and 27: Sections at Jewell 9am 6 players
Still waiting on date for the Rochester Invite
Still waiting on a Dual match with Century.
Players need to know the basic rules of the game.
We will go over the rules at some of the practices but in the mean-time players should go to USGA.org and search out rules.
Players can find video tutorials to make understanding the rules much easier.
There are also some rules apps available to quiz yourself or just to have for bus rides. Remember, phones are not allowed on the course during play.