Guest Blogger - Off Season Golf Preparations, Part I

Hello everyone and welcome back! For the next few weeks, I am excited to announce that our PGA Head Golf Professional, Jon Conklin, will be posting to our blog with tips for preparing for the 2015 golfing season. Jon has been with Bucks Run Golf Club since January 2009. Prior to that, he was employed at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Florida and the Detroit Golf Club in Detriot, Michigan. Jon graduated from Ferris State University with a B.S. in Marketing and a Minor in Professional Golf Management. He has been a PGA Member since 2005.

This is the time of year we all make New Year’s Resolutions to become healthier by exercising and eating smarter.  Golfers normally make these resolutions along with many others to prepare for the 2015 golfing season.  While we all have great intentions, 92% of all resolutions fail.  They fail because of the following reasons: 1) People make unrealistic resolutions, 2) People don’t equip themselves with the mental ammunition to fight off doubt and continue with their goals, 3) Using guilt of fear as motivation, or resolving to stop doing something.  

Because of the reasons mentioned above, I believe in not over committing on resolutions.  While there will be the select few that get in shape and work on the entire facet of their golf game in the winter months, most of us don’t have the time and will get complacent in these practices.   

Here comes your off season golf preparation.  I have learned by working with many golf enthusiasts that our wants and needs are different and not one plan is perfect for everyone.  Below are some suggestions to get ready for the spring, without taking up too much of your own time.


Par for a golf course is determined by how many strokes it takes you to reach the green, and then following it up with a two-putt.  Normal golf courses have a Par of 72, which means you would putt 36 times during that round. That is HALF of the total strokes! 

In order to keep your putting on its A-Game, I suggest going in your living room, kitchen, or bedroom, and working on putting by placing two clubs or dowel rods on the ground and work on posture, set-up, and execution of the golf stroke.  If your floors already have lines on them, (wooden floors, carpet patterns) you’re all set by using those as guides. 

Bucks Run Golf Club Mount Pleasant MI Putting

This is very simple to do. I suggest doing this exercise 3 times a week, for 10 minutes at a time, to keep your feel going for the spring.

Be sure to check back on next Tuesday, for Part II of my suggestions for preparing for the 2015 season. Have a great week!

Posted by admin at Feb 03, 2015 Category: February 2015
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