Do you love to golf but hate the cold? If you are someone who needs a golf fix, even in the dead of winter, the following are tips for enjoying your golf game in the cold.
Walk, Don’t Ride
By walking through the course, you will give your body a chance to warm up. Not only that, but you body will remain looser, keeping your swing in tact. Walking is good any time of year, but you will find it especially helpful during the winter months as sitting in a cart will only make you feel colder and most likely more miserable.
Dress Like an Onion
When golfing in the winter months, you want to dress in layers. Start with the bottom layers and keep piling them on. You should peel like an onion when you remove your clothes. By dressing in layers, you give yourself the protection from the cold but also the ability to remove articles of clothing as necessary. If it is going to be windy, don’t forget to wear a windbreaker. Other tips for staying warm include wearing an extra pair of socks (or two) and carrying hand warmers with you.
Have Realistic Expectations
When you are golfing in the winter months, you need to keep your expectations realistic. Your score will probably be higher than normal. That is ok. Remember that the important part is you are still playing golf! Don’t be too hard on yourself and focus on that fact that you are out on the green.
Use a Softer golf ball
When golfing in the cold air, your golf ball will not travel as far as usual. Because of this, you should use a softer ball. While it may not go as far, you will have a better feel for it when you hit it.
Have you decided to go for it and play golf in the winter? Good for you! In order to have the best experience possible, you will want to walk instead of using the car, dress in layers and keep you expectations realistic. Lastly, use a softball golf ball as a regular ball will not travel well in the cold air. The most important tip? Have fun!