5 Tips for Cold Weather Golfing:Preparation is Key
Date : 10/3/2013
The onset of winter means shorter days and colder temperatures, but it doesn't have to herald the end of your golfing season. During the winter, fewer golfers are brave enough to attack the green when the temperatures begin to drop. If you prepare properly, you can still enjoy your favorite game throughout the colder months.
Store Your Equipment in a Warm Place
During the summer, you may leave your golf clubs and balls in your car for the sake of convenience. If you leave your equipment outside on a winter night, however, you will find that your equipment is more difficult to use in the morning. Make a habit of bringing your equipment inside each night. If you're afraid that you'll forget your gear, leave yourself a note in your car. During your game, keep your balls in your pockets to keep them warm; cold balls are more difficult to hit.
Check Your Shoes
If you try to golf on a muddy and wet green, you may suffer more than a few falls. Good footwear is an important part of stabilizing your game. Take the time to carefully clean the spikes on your shoes. You can use a water-resistant spray to improve the grip of the spikes. Replace your laces at the first sign of fraying. Invest in a quality pair of waterproof golf shoes; if your feet become wet and cold while you're golfing, you'll be miserable throughout your game.
Warm Up and Stretch
During cold weather, your body is more prone to injuries from physical activities. Before you start your game, be sure to stretch. Take a brisk and refreshing walk before you start golfing. You should also stretch your arms by circling them. Be sure to take a few extra practice shots when you first start your game.
Keep Your Body Warm
Cold temperatures and harsh winds may encourage you to dress in snug and warm clothes. However, wearing heavy coats can hamper your swing. Instead, try to wear multiple loose layers that you can change as the outdoor temperature rises or falls. Loose clothes will ensure that you can fully move your arms. For example, a fleece vest will give you plenty of flexibility and keep your core toasty. Don't forget to wear a hat and extra thick socks for more warmth.
You can also keep your body warm with simple exercises. Each time you have a chance, take a little walk around the green to warm up your body. Resist the urge to use a golf cart; walking the green will keep your blood pumping and your body warm.
Protect Your Hands
If your hands become numb, you will have a difficult time completing your game. Gloves are a great way to keep your hands warm, but most gloves will interfere with your swing. Look for a pair of mittens that you can easily remove as needed. You can keep a hand warmer in each glove to help your hands warm up quickly each time you put on your gloves.
Adjust Your Swing
A cold wind may inspire you to swing harder than you normally do. However, trying to hit the ball harder can have disastrous effects on your swing, causing your shots to hook sharply. Instead, adjust your swing to give your shots a shallower arc. By reducing the height of your shots, you give the ball greater forward velocity, helping it to push through cold winter air. Hold your dominant shoulder slightly lower than your other shoulder, and shift your stance so that you make contact with the ball towards the back of your stance.
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