Winter Lessons Series

Winter Coaching Package

Seems like every one of my posts this week has the word “Winter” attached to it somehow!

I bought a package of 8 x 30 min lessons from a local pro.  He has a great setup with multi-cameras, V1 golf and flightscope.  There’s nowhere to hide from your flaws with the multiple angle videos all supported by radar driven numbers.

Lesson Goals

As you’d expect from a good coach, Rob took a look at my warm up and then asked me what my goals are.  I thought about this and honestly, there are just so many issues with my game that I’d like to improve on that I didn’t know where to begin besides giving out the most generic unquantifiable answer possible: to be more consistent.

He had a perfect response for me:

Well, even Tiger Woods wants to be more consistent.

Haha, yes, I see that.  So I dug deep into the most painful part of the game affecting my confidence- the dreadful 2 way miss.  There are days where I have no idea where to aim and just aimlessly aim down the middle and hope for the best.  I tend to go for the right half of the green- and when playing great, I can draw it back to the middle nicely.  But when I have an off day, it’s really off.  Lefts are way left- off the green or smothered into the ground.  Rights are way right, a push slice that leads into the bushes or another fairway.

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What I Learned about Flying with Golf Clubs

The worst part of living in the great white north are the Canadian Winters.  It’s the last week of March and I still wakeup to shovelling the drive way on the way to work.  This basically means a golf vacation down south is a must for us golfers living up north.


This past January, we went to Phoenix for a week of golf and sunshine to break up the monotony and keep our spirits up.  In Phoenix, golf courses are plentiful and tee times are easy to find.

If you’re only comfortable with your gamer set of clubs and rental is out of the question, then here are some things we learned from our trip and what it’s like to be flying with our golf clubs.

1.  Knowing Your Limits

Begin by checking with your airline’s excess baggage policies. We flew WestJet and by default, allows for one checked bag of 22 Kg/50 Lbs.

 WestJet excess bag policy for sporting goods

The two golf travel bags we had were about 8 lbs each and both our regular golf club bags weighs about 30lbs each. WestJet also allows for one standard carry-on and another bag for personal items that can be brought on flight.

The “Panic-Re-Pack” at the airport!

Knowing these details can save you from a lot of pain at the airport- on our way out, we saw a husband attempting to repack 5 extra pounds of clothes from his wife’s luggage.  It was a big struggle and he’s fighting with underwear and stockings all over the airport floor.  While it’s mildly amusing for us, it was sheer panic and embarrassment for the poor man!

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