Winter has arrived and many golfers put their golf clubs in the garage for four or five months.

The story I get from many golfers is something like, “I was playing great golf during the summer and was practicing on the driving range. I got my game to where I wanted it, was shooting lower scores and I was having a lot of fun.” Then the weather gets cold and the golf game tanks.

This happened in Monterey where it got cold. Many golfers could play during the winter but many shut their golf game down. When I taught at Pebble Beach, golfers didn't play as much during the winter but I always had my students keep their practice going during the winter to keep their golf game tuned up.

If the weather is not great and you can’t get out to the course or practice range, my tip of the week is to take a couple of your golf clubs and head out to the backyard. Place the two clubs on the grass about eight inches apart so it looks like a channel. Teaching pros call this the “swing path” of the golf club.

The goal of every player PGA Tour pro and the weekend player is to repeat their swing path over and over and over. So by placing the two clubs on the grass, now you have a practice area. Get your pitching wedge out of your golf bag. Put the club head in between the two clubs as if your were going to hit a golf ball ... just remember no golf ball is used in this drill – this is just practice – so start taking some swings, brushing the grass in the channel. What will happen to most of you while your swinging the club trying to brush the grass? You will hit the shaft of the club you have on the ground, so this will alert you that you are not repeating your swing path.

Your goal is to never hit the shaft of the clubs on the ground (the channel). As you practice you will get better at just brushing the grass and repeating your good swing path.

Ben Alexander is a PGA teaching professional who formerly taught in Pebble Beach Calif. and now teaches golf lessons at Lake Shastina Golf Course. He was awarded the PGA Teacher of the Year twice and also nominated for National PGA Teacher of the Year. To contact Ben call (831) 277-9001.