Winter Golf

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Winter Golf

Winter Golf

Winter Golf is a short golf blog post that looks at ways of staying warm on the links during the cold months of Winter.

Sadly, the world of winter golf is creeping up on us again, just like every year.

Let me start by clearing up a few things. Winter golf isn’t that bad when you embrace it.

Sure, it is a little chilly or wet but you really do feel better when you reach the warm, cosy clubhouse.

I get asked the same questions at this time of year.
How do you manage the cold?

There are several tricks to staying warm in Winter.
First of all, you need to wrap up in lots of thin layers. Thin layers don’t restrict your swing but they still trap the warmth.
Warm up properly. Go to the range and take some time to acclimatise to the cold.
Have a warm-up routine that includes real warm-up exercises and stretches.
Eat some hot porridge before you leave the house. Take some soup in a flask to put in your golf bag. Have some ready-to-eat mixed nuts and a muesli bar with you. Do not take coffee, take tea instead. Chamomile tea is really good for golfers.
Stay away from a full-cooked breakfast and coffee. Think about your performance.
A pair of golfing winter mittens are a must between shots and don’t forget the hand warmers for your pockets.

Should I play the same ball?

Playing the same ball is not necessary through winter.
I often switch to a slightly firmer ball. The distance will be greater off the tee.
The ground is softer too, so no need for high-spinning balls when the greens will hold anything.
You may want to change to a coloured ball when the ground is a little frosty or snow-covered.

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What are the best waterproofs for golfers?

There are lots of good companies making quality waterproofs.
Sunderland of Scotland, Proquip, Ping, Footjoy, Under Armour, Sunice, Boss, Kjus, Callaway, and Galvin Green to name but a few.
My favourite companies are Sunderland of Scotland, Footjoy, Sunice & Ping. I favour them because I own them.
I certainly wouldn’t go for the cheapest models, but then again, I also wouldn’t buy the most expensive kinds.
My tendency is to hover around middle-priced products.
I would recommend that you pay around 200-300 pounds for a complete waterproof suit.
Paying over 300 pounds is not worth it. At least I haven’t seen an advantage in doing so. (Prove me wrong)
If you do need to go low, then take a look at Druids Golf, Benross or Stuburt.
These companies are dishing out waterproof suits between 70-120 pounds.
For those of you that want to pay a lot more, then check out Kjus or Galvin Green.
Prices tend to be between 500-700 pounds for a waterproof suit.

What about trollies?

If you need to use a trolley, then try to make sure that it has winter wheels like Hedgehog or Cactus wheels.
These have spikes for a better grip and they also help the course create less compaction.
Most golfers will reduce the number of clubs in their bag and just carry a half set around with them.

Whatever you do this winter, don’t take it too seriously and try to enjoy yourself no matter what the outcome.
There is nothing like wrapping up and going for a bit of exercise over the golf course.

Play well!

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