Learning to play golf is sometimes a rather difficult process. However if you live somewhere where it gets rather cold you could be looking at some huge problems in terms of practicing golf when the weather turns icy cold. However, if you work on building a game plan before the weather gets icy cold you could still be able to practice your golf skills no matter what time of year it is. This would allow you to continuously work on improving your golf game year around, rather than only when the weather is warm outside. Your other alternative would be either moving or vacationing in an area each winter that is not only warm, but has several great golf courses as well.
Of course, the idea of playing golf may be quite motivational, yet at times the course can be much too cold to play in the winter. This combined with the potential for icy dew on the grass, and frozen water hazards can make playing in the winter virtually impossible. If you have a strong desire to continue playing your best option will be looking for an indoor golf course where you can play, or even an indoor driving range so you can continue to practice your swing during the cold months. If you do not have the luxury of a driving range if you reserve some space in your home free of any hazards you could continue practicing your swing, even without the ball.
While this may not seem like as much fun, you should still try to practice your swing no matter how cold the weather is. Otherwise, your first few games when it warms up is likely to be poorly played. A good exercise program during the winter is also looking into ensuring that you work out continuously. However, just as during the time when you can actually play golf, you need to ensure that you are building lean muscle. Never work to build bulky muscle even during the off months for golf. While waiting until the weather warms up to go golfing may seem like torture, it is a good idea to avoid playing when it is really cold outside.
In terms of your health playing during the cold weather is bad because you are putting your body through intense amounts of stress trying to keep warm, as well as still focusing on the game itself. This can often increase dramatically the risk of getting hurt and even increase the chances of a pulled muscle since muscles are not as warmed up during the colder months. Any injury regardless of the time of year is bad, but during times of year where the weather is especially cold you are going to be much more susceptible to injury.
Always make sure that you are spending some time inside rather than outside when it is cold. Playing a few short rounds of golf is not worth getting hurt. Always ensure that during the cold months, you either stop playing outside or you wait to play outside when you go visit a much warmer location. During the winter, a visit to a golf course that is located in the Deep South can be a lot of fun since they are still warm enough to stay open. Just keep in mind your overall safety when you are trying to play, you do not want to be injured over a sport.