Have a ball in the fall The golf season is beginning to wind down for some and for others it is just beginning. The acorns are falling, the leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler. Some folks are waxing up the skis and some heading for warmer weather. This is great for local golfers, because courses are in great shape and tee times are available. Don’t let a little foul weather keep you from enjoying the game. Here are a few tips to help you play in the fall and winter. Proper stretching is important. A little extra warm up is important to prevent injury and increase distance in cold air. Try a softer ball. This will give you more feel of the ball and club. Get proper clothing. A good wind shirt, vest, or rain suit and hat will keep you ready for changeable weather. Take an extra club on some full shots. The cooler weather will shorten ball flight by as much as 15 yards. Walk more between shots. This will keep you warm and loose. Learn how to keep your ball flight down under the wind for control. See your local pro to help you learn how to hit a knockdown shot. This is a great time to buy clubs. Most shops are closing out demo clubs and having sales. Get properly fitted and enjoy what properly fitted equipment will do for you. Do drills at home. When you can’t get to the range or golf course working on your fundamentals and a balanced swing at home will keep your game in shape for the whole winter. Training aids are great for workouts at home. The ASSIST is my favorite. But any device you believe in will work. Nine holes are better than nothing. With the shorter days perhaps you only have time for a quick nine. A couple hours of golf can be the perfect release from hibernation. Enjoy the game with others close to you. Golf is a great for entertaining family and friends during the holidays. Let’s hope for a few warm, sunny days as the year begins to wind down. Don’t let a little cool and wet weather keep you from enjoying golf. Fall is a great time to play golf. I have enjoyed some of my bigger tournament successes in the fall, so I love to play golf this time of year. Ridge Notes Women’s Clinic & Wine Tasting The Ridge is having a clinic and wine tasting for the women (sorry guys) wanting to learn or improve their golf skills. Shawn Kelly will conduct the clinics. Attendees will receive a bucket of range balls for practice and then enjoy wine tasting from a local winery. This has always been a fun and educational evening. On October 15th we will cover sand play. Clinic and tasting is from 6 to 8pm and the cost is $25. Call the golf shop at 530.888.7888 to sign up.