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10 Great Spring Tune-Up Tips

The days are longer. The sun is shining. It really is happening.

Winter is on its last leg and golfers, it’s time to rejoice. For, the season is about to begin. But, as the grounds on some local courses continue to thaw, there’s work to be done to get you prepared for your big return. Here are 10 tips to get you golf ready:

1.) Get in “golf” shape – With any luck, you’ve stayed trim and fit this winter. If you haven’t, don’t fret. There’s still time. The easiest thing to do is to get out and walk, especially if you’re a walking golfer. Next step, get your wind up with a nice jog. If you’re a gym-goer, have a look at these golf fitness tips from the Golf Channel’s experts.

2.) Get fitted – If you’re looking for new clubs — either a driver, fairway wood, hybrid or an entire set of irons — make sure to get fitted for the right sticks. Fitting personnel at your local club or golf equipment store are trained to analyze your swing characteristics to help match you with the clubs that best fit your game.

3.) Regrip your clubs – If you’re all set with your sticks, give them a fresh set of grips. Most grip companies make it super easy to replace your grips the right way. Use Lamkin’s online grip selector tool to find the best grip to fit your game.

4.) Hit the books – Before you hit the links, hit the books. Make sure you brush up on your golf etiquette so you don’t get caught behaving badly on the links. The USGA’s Etiquette 101 section is a handy online tool.

5.) Plan your season – Most golfers have a ‘bucket list’ full of golf destinations they hope to play before their, well, “time” is up. Why not make a more realistic list for the year? Pick new courses in your area or ones in your region you’ve always wanted to play. Planning a vacation with the family? Use that time to play somewhere you’ve never played before.

Check out GolfNow for the best rates and tee times available everywhere from your own backyard to exotic destinations like Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the UK.

6.) Get competitive – Whether you’re a scratch golfer or a 20 handicap, the game can sometimes be much more fun with the pressure of competition. Join a local weekly local league, such as GolfNow’s Golf League, research the best net or gross tournaments in your area, or join an amateur tour like Golf Channel Amateur Tour to meet and play other golfers with an appetite for competition.

7.) Hit the range – Of course, this sounds like an obvious tip for golfers getting ready for the season. But it’s easy to go to the range and waste your time. Instead, practice with a purpose. Use one of the many recent tech products to help improve your swing and your game like GolfSense or SwingByte.

8.) Stay flexible – By now, you’ve done the workouts (or you should have). Now, it’s time to stay flexible in order to maximize your golf swing. Try these stretches on for size.

9.) Learn the rules – If you’re unsure of any rule changes over the offseason, use the USGA’s Rules of Golf to get caught up.

10.) Dress up – If it’s early in your season, you’re going to want to dress appropriately to be ready for any weather that may come — hot, cold, wet or dry. Use’s equipment and apparel reviewsto make sure you’re buying the right stuff.

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