Golf season isn’t over just because the warm seasons are. Fall is still a great time to get out on the course and test your metal against your buddies and the elements. However, you’re going to suffer a bit. For example, your average will undoubtedly increase because the ball doesn’t travel as far in the cold. Plus, your body is going to be stiffer.
Here at Northampton Valley Country Club, we know how serious golfers take their game of choice. So if you’re going to be golfing this fall and winter, we’ve got a few tips for you.
1. Warm up. Before your hit the course, be sure to do some light cardio. Jog for a bit, maybe use a Stairmaster or a stationary bike to get the blood going and get your body ready to perform in the cooler weather.
2. Keep your golf balls warm. Did you know that for every 10-degree drop in air temperature, you lose 3-5 yards? The best thing to do is keep the ball in your pocket or in a specialized carrying bag between holes.
3. Softer balls might be the way to go because of the way regular balls react to cold weather. Check out some of the soft balls from Noodle and TaylorMade if you really want a leg up.
4. Adjust your game. Think about this: If the ball isn’t going to travel as far in the cold, how are you going to handle that? In a typical 9-iron circumstance, break out the 8 instead.
5. Keep your hands warm. Avoid that stinging feeling that shoots through your hands after you hit a ball in the cold weather. Get some hand warmers for your pockets or wear gloves between holes.
6. Wear layers. Be careful here as you want to make sure you have your full range of motion. It’s best to wear a thermal, a golf shirt, and then a sweater with a hat. Don’t wear anything bulky, like a coat.
7. Walk. That’s right, walk instead of riding around in a cart. Why? Because walking will keep your body warm, and that’s exactly what you want.
8. Invest in a pair of heated or thermal socks. If your feet are cold, so is the rest of you. Feet get easily cold, and wearing layers of socks makes it worse because your feet sweat, then the sweat gets cold
9. Bring some hot food. Warm yourself up from the inside. Bring some hot or spicy food to have during the round to get a slight wave of heat.
10. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are great ideas for staying warm in the cold. You can hold hot drinks to warm your hands or actually drink them to warm your body.
We hope you found this helpful. If you’re looking to golf in any weather, any time, or if you’re looking for a place to host your next golf outing: Look no further than Northampton Valley Country Club.