Kristina on the Course: Preparing for winter golf - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Kristina on the Course: Preparing for winter golf

Posted: Updated:

WALLA WALLA, WA - For the final segment of Kristina on the Course, Kristina Shalhoup spoke with Wine Valley Golf Club's Head Pro, John Thorsnes, about preparing for winter golf.

"It's my favorite season of the year and my favorite golf season!" Kristina said. "Nothing like fall golf, right?"

"Absolutely!" agreed Thorsnes. "75, 80 degrees, light breeze, courses in great condition: it's a great time to get out and play!"

"It really is, but unfortunately after fall comes winter, and winter is the toughest time of year to play, especially if we have a winter like last year...that was pretty brutal."

"No kidding," said Thorsnes, "and it just happens out of nowhere. We go from fall to winter so fast, but there are a lot of things you can do to stay in shape and keep your golf swing intact through the winter."

"Now let's start with this: every once in a while we have a winter where it's pretty mild and you can play just about the entire season," said Kristina. "What do you want to do to make sure you're warm and at least have a good time while you're out there?"

"You just want to be prepared!" said Thorsnes. "Make sure you pack well in your back...I've got a few things here. I've got some rain gear; a beanie is really important, obviously you'll lose the heat off the top of your head before anywhere else. I've got an umbrella, I've got some hand warmers. They make mittens too, wear those. Just layer - get a good base layer, put a vest over that, maybe a sweater and a wind shirt and you're good to go!"

"Absolutely, and let me tell you, these hand warmers saved my life through college golf!" Kristina said. "Playing in the spring in Massachusetts and New York is pretty brutal, and these things really work. Now what about if it is snowy like last year and we all have to go inside again?"

"Well, you can always go to the range - live heated bays so you can hit some balls. But some of the things you can do is get a weighted club! I have one here. Swing a weighted club in the winter; take 30, 40 swings a day to keep your muscles engaged.

"You can always work out, go for a good walk. But one of the things I want to start to do this winter is yoga. It's really good to stretch and keep your body in good shape."

"I was just going to say stretching, I think, is key," said Kristina. "You want to stay loose and you want to make sure, especially with these cold temps, you don't tense up in the winter and loose that muscle memory that makes your swing so great."

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Tri-CitiesTri-Cities NewsMore>>

  • Man jumped while on bike path in Richland

    Man jumped while on bike path in Richland

    Sunday, July 15 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-07-16 01:36:11 GMT
    If you know anything, call (509) 628-0333If you know anything, call (509) 628-0333
    If you know anything, call (509) 628-0333If you know anything, call (509) 628-0333
    RICHLAND- Detectives are investigating after a man was jumped Saturday afternoon on a Richland bike path. The 22-year-old said he was in the area of Bellerive Drive and Steptoe Street around 11 a.m. when it happened. The man sustained several injuries during the assault was taken to Kadlec to be treated.  If you have any information call 50-628-0333.More >>
    RICHLAND- Detectives are investigating after a man was jumped Saturday afternoon on a Richland bike path. The 22-year-old said he was in the area of Bellerive Drive and Steptoe Street around 11 a.m. when it happened. The man sustained several injuries during the assault was taken to Kadlec to be treated.  If you have any information call 50-628-0333.More >>
  • Bikes stolen from shop in Kennewick

    Bikes stolen from shop in Kennewick

    Sunday, July 15 2018 8:13 PM EDT2018-07-16 00:13:36 GMT

    KENNEWICK- Police officers are asking for help in locating locating two expensive mountain bikes that were stolen. On Saturday unknown suspects cut the cable securing the bikes and stole them from a store near W 7th Ave and SR 395.  Each of the bicycles is valued at about $2300. Anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of the bicycles, please call the non-emergency number at 509-628-0333 to remain anonymous contact Tri cities Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-84...

    More >>

    KENNEWICK- Police officers are asking for help in locating locating two expensive mountain bikes that were stolen. On Saturday unknown suspects cut the cable securing the bikes and stole them from a store near W 7th Ave and SR 395.  Each of the bicycles is valued at about $2300. Anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of the bicycles, please call the non-emergency number at 509-628-0333 to remain anonymous contact Tri cities Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-84...

    More >>
  • ''Scoop it Forward'' week begins in Oregon

    ''Scoop it Forward'' week begins in Oregon

    Sunday, July 15 2018 8:08 PM EDT2018-07-16 00:08:15 GMT

    OREGON- Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, which also kicks off a celebration of appreciation called “Scoop It Forward.” Supported by Oregon’s dairy farmers and processors, the week-long campaign, from July 15 to 22, encourages people to show appreciation for one another through random acts of ice cream. Josh Thomas, Senior Director of Communications for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, said: “Random acts of kindness can be contagious, and our call...

    More >>

    OREGON- Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, which also kicks off a celebration of appreciation called “Scoop It Forward.” Supported by Oregon’s dairy farmers and processors, the week-long campaign, from July 15 to 22, encourages people to show appreciation for one another through random acts of ice cream. Josh Thomas, Senior Director of Communications for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, said: “Random acts of kindness can be contagious, and our call...

    More >>