How to Keep Up Your Golf Swing During Winter in Michigan

Winter can be a dreaded time for golfers. Just when all the swing fixes you’ve been working on start to come together and show up on the scorecard, the long winter months arrive. Get an early start on preparing for the golf season with these simple but effective tips.

A man following through a golf swing on a golf course.
Golf in Michigan | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

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1. Work on Strength and Flexibility.

It’s amazing how well you can swing a golf club consistently when your body is strong, and your muscles are loose.

2. Work on Fundamentals.

See your setup and swing by practicing in a mirror or by downloading a video analysis app like the one from V1 Sports. Better yet, share your swings with a local pro for feedback and off-season instruction.

3. Work on Lag Putting and Chipping.

Find a space where you can practice putts and chips from at least 30 or 40 feet. Focus on good rhythm and making pure contact. Let the length of your putting stroke and chipping motion be the factor that controls how far the ball rolls out. Maintaining consistent putting and chipping habits will help your scoring, even early in the next golf season.

4. Try Something New.

Golfing on ice is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about perfecting your golf game but it exists and is more popular than you think. Take a trip to St. Ignace for the U.P. Ice Golf Scramble where sleds and mittens become the new golf equipment.

5. Take a Golf Vacation or Go to a Golf Academy.

An escape from the cold and a laser-focus on your golf game could be just the diversion you need to beat the Winter Blues and give you a jumpstart to your next golf season.

Check Out One of Michigan’s Indoor Golf Facilities Where You Can Practice All Winter:

1. BOYNE Golf Academy, GEARS Golf Winter Training – Harbor Springs

Take a break from the slopes and get your golf game ready for summer with GEARS Golf Winter Training sessions at Boyne Highlands Resort. Take advantage of this cutting-edge teaching technology using 3-D body and club tracking session under the tutelage of the Midwest's top golf coaches.

2. Treetops Golf LessonsGaylord

Treetops Golf Academy utilizes V1 Motion Analysis technology to teach how to change your swings. Add in advanced Launch Monitor technology to learn what causes the ball to fly the way that it does and work on changing your swings during the winter season to be ready by spring.

3. 4 Seasons Indoor GolfBirmingham

Work on specific technical aspects of your game with Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitors and simulated ball flight. Or, take advantage of in-house PGA-certified coaching. Play 18 holes on golf courses from around the globe.

4. TopgolfAuburn Hills

Experience target-based golf games from the comfort of climate-controlled hitting bays and enjoy food and beverage service for small parties or large groups.

5. Carl's GolflandBloomfield Hills

One of the largest retail golf outlets in the country, Carl’s Golfland is also the place to go get your swing tuned up during the winter. Experienced staff of PGA Professionals provide golfers of all abilities world-class instruction. Whether you're a beginner or a grizzled veteran of the game just looking for some expert pointers, Carl’s can help you improve your game during the off-season.

6. Miles of GolfAnn Arbor

Home to the Kendall Academy of Golf, a Golf Channel Academy, and one of the largest retail outlets in Michigan with custom club fitting. Miles of Golf provides the most advanced technology, V1 video analysis, TrackMan Ball Flight technology, BodiTrak, heated teaching bays, high-quality range balls and mats to allow for all-season instruction and coaching programs. 

7. X-Golf

With locations in both the southeast and western sides of the state, X-Golf’s state of the art indoor golf simulators offer unparalleled accuracy and realism. Through a combination of camera systems, infrared lasers, impacts sensors and advanced gaming software. The dedicated kiosks combine virtual reality gaming, food and beverages, competitions, golf lessons, memberships and social events. These services provide visitors the ultimate golfing entertainment experience.

8. Golf-O-Rama – Brighton

Keep your game finely tuned on full swing Par-T Golf simulators or participate in winter golf leagues, weekly scrambles or full rounds on the world's best courses and a driving range to perfect your swing.

9. Indoor Golf Club of Michigan – Fraser

The facility features six Golf Blaster simulators with gameplay on courses from around the world, a netted driving range and practice putting green, plus a fully stocked golf pro shop.

10. Michigan Dome Sports Center – Schoolcraft

Experience 18 holes on more than 30 of the world’s most famous golf courses on one of three golf simulators. This facility also boasts a 34-station, double-decker driving range with 70 yards of hitting space and a height of 65 feet.

11. SwingTek Golf Academy – Troy

Founded by Detroit area entrepreneur, Mike Callaway and local PGA professional Ken Allard, the new 6,800 square foot facility features five hitting bays, a sand bunker, a pitching and chipping area, a golf simulator and a 900 square foot putting green.