Unlike my golfing friends to the south, fall golf provides an additional challenge because of the changing and unpredictable weather. It is inevitable that the temperature fluctuations will force golfers to evaluate their equipment, clothing, and desire to want to hit the links. This time of year can provide the best of conditions to play golf, however the conditions change so quickly that all four seasons can be experienced in one round. Regardless, if you live in the northern climes, then you are aware that to prolong our season, we need to have the proper equipment and mental attitude to play.
I took this information from a previous post. I thought it was important to new golfers to understand that anyone can be uncomfortable. Preparing to play golf in the cooler weather does take some thought. Here is what I think:
Here are some other things to consider when playing in cold weather.
- A toque is a must. It will keep your head warm and as most of us cold weather dwellers know, your head is where you lose a large portion of your warmth.
- Gloves are a benefit. Personally, I wear mittens in between shots. There are gloves a player can wear all the time, but I have never been able to comfortably swing a club wearing gloves. This is where mitts are a must for me!
- Keeping hydrated is critical. Most players forget this important point. During cold weather, dehydration is a very distinct possibility. People forget to drink water and find they lack energy during the last 3 holes.
- Choosing the correct golf ball! Balls with lower compression work better in the cooler temperatures. Higher compression golf balls feel like rocks. Lower compression balls with travel farther and not hurt your hands as your round progresses. Okay, I realize this is a random thought and has nothing to do with layers, but I thought I would through it in anyway.
- Lastly, avoid getting wet. This is an obvious statement, however being wet is not your friend. Whether a player gets wet through sweating too much, walking over dew covered grass, trudging through the snow or digging your ball out of a water hazard, the affect is the same. If you are wet, you get cold. I would recommend carrying an extra pair of socks and mittens just in case.
The most important strategy to keeping warm in the fall is to dress in layers. Many of us have a wind breaker or a rain suit in our bag to combat warm adverse conditions. However, add cooler temperatures into the mix and now some forethought is required.
I recommend three layers. A dry-fit long-sleeved turtleneck, a cotton golf shirt, and a gortex-type wind breaker for outer wear. If you require a fourth layer, it might be time to head to the clubhouse. 😉
I recommend single layer wind pants. As a player starts to walk the course, they will warm up.
The trick to playing in cold weather is not to sweat, but stay warm enough to swing the club comfortably. Layers focuses on keeping most of your body warm and dry.
Lastly, wearing comfortable water resistant shoes is a must. I you play in the morning or late afternoon, due/frost is a challenge. Having warm dry feet will definitely add to the comfort of playing in the fall. Golf is a sport that does require some forethought before hitting the links and knowing what works for your game will only improve your chances to remain comfortable while you enjoy your round.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!