If you’re an avid golfer, like it or not, you’ve more than likely played in cold weather a time or two. Some players don’t mind the colder weather while others struggle to find the enjoyment of winter golf. At the end of the day, it’s a great way to get rid of the cabin fever during these lull months, even if it’s only for a little while. Here are my five top tips for playing winter golf during the cold season.
Nothing is worse than getting to the course and realizing you are under dressed for a chilly day. In case you did forget your jacket, the pro shop will gladly sell you a quarter zip pullover, no problem! You will be out in the elements for the next 3.5-4.5 hours, so keeping warm will make the day much more desirable. I know there are other ways to stay warm (like that flask in that left coat pocket of yours..), but don’t be the tough guy out there playing in shorts. Layer up and prepare for the cold temps and piercing winds.
Play Two Balls
No, this does not mean hit two balls off the tee. Instead, keep one ball in your pocket and put the other ball in play. Ideally, you want both of these golf balls to be the same model. You will need to alternate between the two after every hole. You’re probably wondering, “Why do this?” This will keep your golf ball somewhat warm, which in return, will help you have better control and expectations on each shot. If not, that golf ball will only become harder and colder as the day goes on, which will only create problems with consistency.
Take More Club
Yes, you will have to swallow your pride when playing in the cold. You won’t be cranking out those 300 yard drives that you might be used to during the heat of the summer. Take one or two more clubs when hitting your approach shots, as the ball doesn’t travel as far in colder temperatures. Here’s a good rule of thumb for determining distances–the difference is roughly two yards of carry for every 10 degrees of temperature change. You should base your normal averages on 80 degree temperatures.
Switch To A Softer Ball
This ideology is solely based on compression. During the normal season, would you rather be playing a Pinnacle Rush or a Titleist ProV1? What made you make this decision? A Pinnacle golf ball is already considered to be one of the hardest golf balls in the market. Now think about playing one of these in 30 degree temps? The ball becomes even harder. The point of switching to a softer ball is all about feel. This will help make the golf ball not seem like a rock at contact. A softer ball will react better than a harder ball. However, when playing in the cold, how much feel can you actually have?
Walk, Don’t Ride
This might not be physically possible for everyone, but consider walking instead of taking a cart. Unless you have the luxury of a cart cover and a portable heater, walking will help with the blood flow in your body, which in return, keeps you warm. It’s very difficult to execute a shot after stiffening up while riding to your next shot.
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