For golfers in Europe and North America, summer provides the perfect season for a great round on the links. The days are longer, and the weather is generally better than it is in other seasons. In some areas of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s important to take the heat into consideration. Excessively warm temperatures can lead to heat exhaustion or even heatstroke. Here are some tips to deal with golfing in the summer heat.
Dress for the Weather
Wearing heavy clothes in the summer is a bad idea. Heavier clothing tends to hold in heat, and this can lead to excessive fluid loss through unnecessary sweating. Opt for lighter colors, which tend to reflect heat, unlike darker colors that absorb sunlight. Cotton shorts and breathable shirts can moderate some of the effects of the heat.
Even those who wear comfortable clothes will likely sweat profusely in a hot and humid environment. Therefore, drinking plenty of water during and after a round of golf is important to maintain an acceptable level of hydration. Dehydration can lead to poor play, leg cramps or worse.
Play Early or Late
One good way to have a more comfortable round in the summer is to play early in the morning. Sure, it might be more crowded because other people have the same idea, but the first few holes will be finished before the heat really kicks up. Another option is taking advantage of twilight golf. Later starting times sometimes come with a discounted price. They can also come with cooler temperatures which will lessen the possibility of heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
Bring a Towel or Two
Sweaty palms are a given in hot weather, and sweaty palms do not grip golf clubs as well as dry palms. A poor grip is a recipe for errant shots. Having a towel on hand can dry hands and grips and lead to more control on the course. An extra towel could be doused in cold water and then draped around a player’s neck to cut down on the feeling of the heat a bit.
Opt to Ride
While walking a golf course is usually preferable due to the health benefits, riding in a golf card can be a good idea in hot and humid weather. It’s possible to get a bit of a breeze while driving. Additionally, it will take less energy to ride and will cut down on the risk of heat exhaustion.