How to Swing Your Golf Club in the Snow

By Samantha Prust

Some golfers don't let snow stop them from hitting the links to play "snow golf," a game with rules that make it "golf" in name only. But if you want to get out of the house or just want a challenge, there are golf courses that stay open in the winter. If a course near you offers snow golf, bundle up and head out into the brisk air to enjoy this invigorating version of the game.

Swinging in Snow

Choose a club. Tee up your ball on the tee box. Hit your drive shot off the tee the same as you would if there were no snow.

Hit your next shot after your drive. Swing at the ball so that your club makes contact with the middle of the ball instead of behind it if you're hitting the ball off of hard snow. Kevin Williams, head snow golf pro at the Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Minnesota, says to hit the middle of the ball to "almost skull it and get the ball up in the air."

Improve your lie by making a footprint behind your ball if it is in soft snow but most of it is still sitting on top of the snow, or use your club or a shovel to scrape the snow away from around the ball to prepare for your swing.

Use a shovel or your club to scoop your ball out of the deep snow and set it on top of the snow. Choke down on your club to account for the shorter distance between your hands. Swing it underneath the ball as you would do if you were in the rough.

Use a sand wedge to chip the ball off a frozen pond or lake. Test the ice before walking on it by tapping it with your chosen club. Take a drop if you don't want to risk walking on ice.

Gauge your swing according to the type of snow on which your ball sits: hard, soft or deep.

Use a 7-iron -- rather than a putter -- on snowy greens. Draw a circle around the pin and count your stroke as a made putt if it stops inside the circle.

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