For those of us less fortunate golfers with long snowy winters, it feels like your game is on pause for months every year. Despite that feeling and the fact that you can’t get out on the course, you can still improve over the winter season. Today’s lesson has nothing to do with swing mechanics or even course strategy, instead, we’ll be discussing the golf offseason and how you can make the most out of your time off the course. Measuring the areas of your game that have the greatest negative impact, along with the frequency of these issues is one of the quickest ways to determine where your focus should be going into the offseason. Ask yourself, where is my skill level? And where is my ceiling? As we said, with short putts, your skill level is likely high and your ceiling is not much higher. With long putts, your skill level and make percentage is going to be low with a low ceiling of improvement opportunity. Where you’re likely to see the biggest difference in skill level compared to ability ceiling, is putts within the 5-15 foot range. A good putter has a decent chance of making putts in that range so you should spend more time practicing them. The same concept can be applied with the driver. If you’re putting yourself in the position where you are consistently in need of a recovery shot after because of your tee shot, you need to put time into hitting more accurate drives or using a lesser club off the tee. With approach shots, if you’re finding yourself skulling or chunking approach shots instead of around the green in regulation, then that will obviously be the area that you focus on. Routinely doing a “check up” on your golf game is one of the best ways to improve as a player and lower your scores. The end of the season is a perfect time to do these assessments. If you’re lucky enough to not have an offseason, it’s important to set aside the time to do this throughout the year. Checking up on your game even semi-annually could be the answer to you achieving your golf goals!