Lesson Tee: Jeff Coston

As time moves forward so should your game

I can’t believe it’s December and Christmas is around the corner. 2018 is coming next. Wow, I can remember the computer concern when the year 2000 was closing in. It doesn’t seem like 18 years ago. I recall when my grandparents said, “time marches on and moves quickly!” Now I’m saying the same thing! Ouch! Somebody stop me.

I’ve always felt and communicated with my clients and friends that November through March is the most difficult time to practice golf, but it is also the best time to get better. Why? Because there are four months that are usually non-golf for most people. One can keep the momentum of spring, summer and fall moving. There is no tournament schedule or perhaps pressure to interfere. I’ve seen my people over the last 21 plus years thrive on a winter practice, lesson, play, exercise and goal orientated plan.

We can all get creative and overcome the weather. Just think what we can do in the 3-5 months where we usually let our golf games hibernate and rust up. We can stretch out our season at least by a month or two on either end of “the season.”

For starters get some warm waterproof clothing. Being warm and dry is huge. The weather is never as bad as it seems on the golf course as it looks when we are driving or looking outside our office or home.

There are many covered practice facilities around the Great Pacific Northwest. I am grateful daily for my dry and heated academy building here at Semiahmoo where I can teach and practice no matter the weather.

Working indoors with a “plane board” has helped me and my students for many years. Zach Johnson works daily on his plane board. This is something to consider as it helps our proper path and plane. Working on this plane board ingrains impact and the little taught and talked about arc through the golf ball. I’m a fan.

A practical side of ball striking is a “strike board.” This simple piece of plywood sets up 2 1/2 club heads behind the golf ball and forces a player to strike the ball and ground in the same spot for solid and consistent ball/ground contact. The goal is to miss the board and stay more centered throughout the swing to drive the leading edge of your iron down and through the golf ball. I have seen this practice habit help hundreds of golfers.

Merry Christmas! We will talk about goals, exercise and more in 2019.

Jeff Coston has played the PGA Tour, Web.com and Champions Tour. He is a multiple Pacific Northwest PGA Player of the Year and is in the PGA Hall of Fame. Jeff can be reached for appointment year round by calling Semiahmoo Resort at 360.201.4590. See www.jeffcoston.com for more info.