Golf Column

Fun golf activities on a snow day

By Paul Viau | Jan 05, 2014
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From time to time during the winter, your golf activities may be temporarily interrupted by a little of the “white stuff.” No problem.
If you have installed a carpeted putting station in your basement man cave or fem fort, then you can putt away. Or you can get real creative, and turn your entire house into a miniature golf course.
Each room can be a hole, and if you don’t have an 18-room mansion, include closets, bathrooms, porches and pantry.
Use your ottoman for an elevated tee, the dog bowl as a water hazard and the steps to the basement as a terraced green. You’ll get plenty of pretend golf while the snow is melting.
How long will that be? Use your golf clubs to channel your inner meteorologist.
How much snow is there? Start with your putter. Place the head of your putter gently on the snow, and see if the snow level rises above the body — that’s the part that contacts the ball.
I have six putters at the head of my putting station, and all have a “working end” that is about one-inch deep. So if the snow is higher than the top of your putter head, congratulations. You have more than one inch of snow.
Similarly, you can hold your wedge — preferably a Vokey — at address and measure the snow with it, as well. If the snow is higher than the top of your wedge, you have more than two inches. That’s the perfect height for golf club “snow angels.”
To make a snow angel, place your wedge on the snow and gently rock it back and forth. There, don’t you feel like a kid again?
If your wedge disappears into the snow (aka — the snow is deeper than 2-1/2 inches) you need your big guns to measure the depth. Whip out your maximum-USGA-regulation-size driver, which is 460cc.
At address, the top of that driver is about 4-5 inches high. You’ll have to “wiggle” this piece of meteorological equipment a little to displace snow for a good measurement. Here again, if the snow is higher than the top of the driver, you might want to put the golf clubs away and find your skis.
It’s going to be a few days ‘til you can get back on the links, and your spouse/roommate is not going to put up with the whole house turned into your own version of carpet golf.
Yes, snow days can be frustrating — and the best way to deal with frustration is to channel it into healthy exercise. You can work on your core or do some serious stretching. If you have a treadmill, you can get good aerobic workout.
By the way, don’t try putting it on the treadmill surface — It’s fraught with danger.
After a few snow days in a row, you can deal with your frustration in what I call the “Choir of snow angels” maneuver.
Take your whole golf bag and place it at the edge of the snow. Give it a good push and gleefully watch all your clubs tip over and spill onto the snow. Retrieve the bag and the clubs, sit back and admire your handiwork. You may even want to take a picture of the “choir scene” to post on Facebook.
Isn’t the game of golf a wonderful thing?