Matt Conner’s video tips

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Here are my top five winter tips to make sure you are prepared for successful golf in the winter conditions.

1. Base layer clothing

Snainton Golf Centre's pro' Matt Conner's golf tips. 11/10 - Custon fitting irons. Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn123231b  09/08/12

Snainton Golf Centre's pro' Matt Conner's golf tips. 11/10 - Custon fitting irons. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn123231b 09/08/12

These are very popular as they keep you warm and also give you the freedom to move your body as you would in the middle of summer.

2. Give your trolley an MOT

Golf courses are now allowing electric golf trolleys to be used in winter due to new winter wheels that you can fit to an existing trolley.

Make sure you are not caught out at the furthest point away from the clubhouse with a faulty trolley.

Get your trolley serviced so it will be in good working order.

3. Re-grip your golf clubs

Your golf grips are the only thing that attaches you to the golf club; this attachment needs to be secure.

Worn golf grips can cause the golf club to slip in your hands when playing in the wet. Also when the grips are worn you will have to hold the club tighter for it not to slip causing too much tension in your swing that can cause you to mis-strike the ball.

You can get your clubs re-gripped quickly and cheaply with half price winter deals available from £3 per grip.

4. Give your clubs an MOT

Over a summer of playing golf your golf clubs’ lofts and lies will move.

This can cause the clubface to open and close even from a good swing. When the lofts change this can cause your ball to travel shorter distances and can lead to two different golf clubs travelling the same distance.

By using a launch monitor this radar can track the ball’s distance showing how far each club is exactly travelling.

Last week in one of my advanced pitching boot-camp sessions we tested 10 players’ clubs and only one player had the correct gap distance between their clubs.

5. Get your game in shape for 2014

This is a great time of year to work on your game and prepare for a successful 2014.

If you are stuck for Christmas gift ideas why not ask for some lessons?

You can have your swing filmed and sent to your email to help you recap on what you have worked on in the lesson.

Vouchers are available and can be sent to your home or work. Call 850014 for more information.