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Tips from the Pro

Early Season ChecklistBen Sinclair

Here we are in the second week of May and the golf courses have been open for a few weeks in the mountains. Many golfers ask themselves, do I have the equipment I need to improve my game during the golf season? Properly fit equipment will make a difference in your ability to perform on the course. If you are in the market for a new set, talk with your local professional about fitting the characteristics for your swing. Golf clubs come in standard lengths, loft, lie, shaft flex, and grip size. Golfers are different sizes and have many different swings. The fitting process is a critical aspect of purchasing new clubs in order to get the best possible clubs for your type of body and swing.

If new clubs are not in the budget, used clubs may be a great alternative. The retail stores in Salt Lake City carry a selection of used clubs at a reasonable price. The ability to take advantage of new technology will help in improving your game. If you are purchasing used clubs or not purchasing at all, getting your swing specifications checked by a professional never hurts.

During the early part of the season, pay attention to what parts of your game need the most work. After you feel comfortable with the aspects of your game that need work, see a golf professional for a lesson. To get the most out of your lessons, try to focus on the weak areas of your game during the early part of the season. When in doubt as to your game and the direction you should be going, talk with your local golf professional for a focus and practice routine.

Get out and play, the golf courses are not busy at this time, many facilities have reduced off-season rates and pace of play is usually quick. Spring golf in the mountains is a great time to play and work on your game.

Ben Sinclair is a PGA member and golf pro at the Park City Golf Club.

For information on lessons and tee times, please call the golf shop at 615-5800.