How To Play Golf in Hot Weather- Must Need To Know
Golf is a great sport to play all year round, as long as the weather permits. While other games can be played indoors, if your course is covered in rain or baking in the hot sun, you may have to avoid playing altogether. However, with warmer weather becoming the norm, it’s not always necessary to sit a game out just because the sun is a little brighter than usual. In fact, if you follow this tutorial then you should be able to play golf in hot weather quite often.
For those who live in more tropical climates in general, this should be relatively easy for you, but if you experience highs and lows where you live it’s important that you know your limits when out on the links. While these tips and tricks will help you survive the heat, we don’t want to you collapse from exhaustion or dehydration out there.
What You’ll Need for This Tutorial
When we’re talking about playing golf in hot weather, we are going to assume that you already have all of the necessary gear to play in regular temperatures. That means that things like balls, bags, and clubs will go without saying, so don’t expect to see them on this list. That being said, most everything here should be relatively easy to acquire, and it will be up to you to decide how invested you want to be in hot weather gear. As long as you have the basics, though, you should be more than okay.
- Water bottle
- Change of clothes
- Ice pack
Again, most of these items should already be in your home or your golf bag already. The only thing that you may have to purchase would be a golf umbrella, but a standard parasol or rain umbrella will do the trick nicely. Also, if you can go a step further and bring a cooler with ice in it, that will make your game go much more smoothly.
Step by Step Guide
As we mentioned above, it will be up to you to determine what your limit is as far as heat levels, so don’t try to push yourself too hard if the weather gets to be a little too unbearable. If necessary, call it a day halfway through the course if you’re sweating bullets and feeling weak. While these tips will help in most situations, you don’t want to risk your health just to get a full game in. This can be particularly true during the hottest months of the year, and especially if it gets humid where you live.
Step One: Play Early in the Day
During the summer, most golfers will most likely try this tactic to avoid the hotter parts of the day, so you may have to reserve a slot or show up earlier than you originally planned to ensure that you can get out on the course. The goal is to get your game done before the sun gets too hot, so plan accordingly.
Step Two: Hydrate Yourself
No matter what you’ll be sweating a lot while out on the course, so it’s imperative that you get enough water and electrolytes into your system so that you don’t get dehydrated. Try to bring an extra large water bottle if possible, so you don’t run out. Also, freezing your water ahead of time can ensure that it will stay cold longer as it thaws throughout the day.
Step Three: Seek Shade
If you ride in a golf cart, be sure to use that to your advantage. Also, try to find trees that can provide plenty of protection from the sun. Shade can lower the ambient temperature by up to eight degrees, which is a huge difference. If nothing else, bring an umbrella with you.
Step Four: Wear Sunscreen
It only takes a little bit of sun to burn your skin, so don’t think that you can go without protection and be fine. For best results, try to get a “sport” version of sunscreen that won’t fade when you sweat. This way you don’t have to reapply every so often.
Step Five: Wear the Right Clothes
It should go without saying that a hat is necessary, as are sunglasses. To ensure that you can still see where you’re hitting the ball, feel free to get glasses with a hinge so that you can pull them up when you need to be more precise. Also, wear lighter clothes that will reflect sunlight, and bring a spare in case you get too icky during the game.
Step Six: Eat Along the Way
You use up a lot of energy on the course, and it only gets worse when the heat is on full blast. Something as simple as a granola bar can do wonders for you and ensure that you don’t collapse from exhaustion.
Step Seven: Use a Wet Towel
Ice packs will help on a hot day, but they will melt over time. If you can keep ice around during the game (with the cooler mentioned above), then you will do much better. Also, have a towel that you can wet with cold water to wear around your neck. It will make things so much more comfortable.
Overall, if you follow these tips, then you should still be able to have a good time on the links no matter what the weather does. In the end, the important thing is to plan ahead and bring extra supplies with you. Don’t put yourself in a bad situation by not being prepared; it’s always better to be safe than sorry. We’ll see you out on the links!
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