Winter Golfing Tips
Cold hands, slippery surfaces and poor weather… they joys of winter golfing. We have created a list of tips that will help you get through the harsh winter golfing conditions and make the most out of your game.
Buy a good base layer
With winter seeing to get colder and colder each year, keeping warm whilst golfing is an absolute must. Cold means stiffness and stiffness means reducing in your feel as well as distance. Wearing too many layers will limit your range of motions and negatively impact the quality of your shot. How is this resolved? A thin, heat-insulating base layer. Light and stylish, a base layer will significantly increase your body temperature and thus, improve the quality of your game in winter conditions.
Buy wet-weather gloves
It is common to get frostbite in the hands on UK golf courses, especially throughout the winter. Having good wet-weather gloves will improve your shots as when the gloves get wetter, the more grip they provide.
Ditch your trolly for a carry bag
Although being a bit of a task, swapping a trolley with a carry bag during the winter golfing season will actually help your overall game. Mud baths, patches of ice and wet surfaces make it difficult to navigate your trolley – adding more physical challenges you had not anticipated. During the winter, it is common to see golfers switch to carry bags, only adding extra work for your shoulders and not your whole body.
Practise your short game
It’s a known fact that golf courses begin to play a lot more difficult once the winter arrives. What use to be a drive and a flicked wedge at Par 4 now requires you to pull out a 3-wood for your second shot – this will decrease your chances of achieving par. This means improving your short game will significantly help your scorecard.
Stop balls from freezing
Science can confirm that warm golf balls fly further than cold ones… hard to believe, right? But it’s true. The common conception is that for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, the ball will carry 2 yards shorter. This tells us that keeping our golf balls warm will improve distance on your shots. A simple yet effective way to do this is keep the balls in your pocket. Insulated body heat will be passed over to the ball which will not be majorly affected by the cold conditions.