Put away those warm-weather shorts and that polo shirt—cold weather is coming. But don’t reach for the puffiest, fur-lined coat you can find just yet. It is crucial to keep your body warm, especially your muscles for optimum performance and to prevent injuries. However, a heavy coat can restrict your movements and put your swing in jeopardy (feeling like a walking marshmallow doesn’t help much, either). Fortunately, we’ve put together some tips to help you get dressed for a round of golf on a cold day.
Just as the layers in a golf ball affect its performance, layers are the key to helping you stay warm without affecting your golf game. You’ve probably been told to layer up since you were a child, and there is plenty of wisdom to that advice. By combining multiple thin layers, you can maintain your flexibility while keeping warm. There’s a practical element to layers, too: if you get too hot, you can remove one layer at a time until you feel comfortable. Try a long-sleeved shirt, a thin sweater or sweatshirt, and a light-weight, waterproof jacket on top.
Be sure to get off on the right foot by always packing an extra pair of socks. You never know when your feet might get wet, and cold feet are one of the quickest ways to ruin your game. For more foot protection, you can opt for golf boots instead of typical golf shoes. You might also want to consider bringing a hoodie or a beanie, since 10% of your body heat is lost through your head. And don’t forget to put your game in good, warm hands with thick golf gloves or hand warmers. Since your hands are your connection to the club, you don’t want to them to be shaking because you’re shivering.
Weather can be another hazard on the course. Always remember to take the tougher conditions into account; be easier on yourself if you don’t play your best round. Golf is not an easy game to begin with, and when you throw in cooler, windier conditions, the challenge becomes that much greater. Think about how this impacts your overall game: not only are you practicing year-round, but you are practicing under more demanding conditions than usual. Make your goals appropriate for the conditions to make sure you have a good time.
Aside from dressing for the weather, bringing hot chocolate, tea, or coffee with you, and walking instead of riding in a golf cart are additional ways to keep your body temperature up. Our last tip for staying warm on the course? Make the best of the weather and get a winter golf ball from Lost Golf Balls.