Golfing has been great these last few weeks. The autumn weather in Michigan has cooperated. Courses are in great shape and the beauty of the colors of the foliage, the angle of the sun, and the deep green of the grass is stunning. A true bonus is the greens fees. They are at their lowest of the season. You can play 18 holes with a cart for less than $20 at many very nice golf courses.
After a summer of golf one would think that our golf swing and our golf game is at its best, but this is not necessarily the case. If you have reduced your practice time then you might not be as sharp as you were in mid-summer. In addition, although the scenery is beautiful, the cool temperature might tighten muscles and reduce flexibility. The effects are less distance and greater dispersion among shots. Add a minor sore throat or a slight cold or autumn allergy and you can almost count on a few more errant shots.
There are two elements required to get back to your normal good game. The first is to continue a practice regimen. Keep your swing in rhythm and maintain your touch with at least 10 to 15 minutes of practice each day and at least the same before you begin your round of golf. The second is a strong mental focus. Although the scenery is nice and the muscles are not responding as they perhaps should, a sharp focus on shot execution is required. Remember, align, visualize the shot, go through your pre-shot routine, take your shot.
In the north country, enjoy these last few weeks of autumn golf and keep your game going strong. In more central and southern regions, you have the opportunity to play most of the year. Don't give up your practice time. Keep your game sharp all year long.