With the season here in the north east getting so close it is time to take the clubs out of the garage and get them ready to go for the 2011 season. Hopefully the off season was spent by most of you hitting the gym and keeping yourselves in golfing shape. I know I worked extremely hard keeping my game and body tuned for the 2011 season. Here is a preseason check list to get you ready to tee it up:
1. Regrip your golf clubs. This should be done once a year for the avid golfer. Golf Pride has a new line of grips that will fit your style and feel.
2. Get some new golf balls. Titleist has launched the new ProV1 golf ball this year that has a different core and dimple pattern for longer, higher, straighter shots.
3. Get sunscreen. With so many different types of sunscreen on the market the choice is hard but remember the basics: get sunscreen that blocks out both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from skin cancer. Also use a daily moisturizer to keep your skin lubricated.
4. Check your spikes on your golf shoes. If they are worn have them replaced so you have maximum traction on the golf course and if your shoes look worn invest in a new pair of shoes along with shoe trees. Foot Joy has the new Icon line that allows you to customize the look of your shoes.
5. Get head wear. Throw away the old sweaty hats and invest in some new ones. You have to look good to play good.
6. New glove time. Throw away that sweat soaked glove and buy a couple new ones that you can rotate from round to round. A little baby powder sprinkled in the glove after each round will keep the glove dry and soft throughout the season. And after your round don't just throw the glove into your bag, smooth it out and place it back in its package. This will keep it smooth and soft.
7. Last but not least. Get a few preseason lessons with your local PGA Professional. If you start the season out with the correct fundamentals it will only increase you chances of playing your best in 2011. Focus on the basics and start out slow if you haven't played all winter to prevent injury.
That's a good start. Remember to check back for more helpful tips as the weather warms up. Until then......fairways and greens!