Playing golf in the heat can be challenging, but it’s one of the side effects of waiting to play in the sun. While you might not consider that playing golf is physical exercise, it actually is. When you’re exercising in the heat, there are some rules you should follow. Drink Water Never forget your water bottle, and drink plenty of water. While it’s common to have a beer or two on the course, or before or after, beer dehydrates you. So be sure to follow up that cold one, with another cold one, a tall glass of water. Remember that you shouldn’t wait to feel thirsty before you start drinking water. When you feel thirsty it’s a sign that you’re already dehydrated. So be sure to drink water while you’re on the course on a hot day. Drink cool water rather than ice cold water. While ice cold water may feel better, your body will absorb cool water quicker. The Sun Plan for the hot sun. Bring plenty of sunscreen. Skin cancer is common among golfers due to their routine exposure to the sun. Be sure to wear covering clothing if you can, and wear sunscreen on exposed skin, like ears, your neck and nose. Wearing loose fitting clothing can also help cover you up. If the clothing is lose fitting, it won’t feel so hot, in the direct sun. Don’t forget your hat and your sunglasses too. Wearing a hat can make a huge difference in the sun exposure your head, face and neck get. Pack it all Be sure to pack any essentials you’ll need for playing golf in your remote golf trolley. Don’t forget to throw a bottle of water, sunscreen, a sports drink, hat or any other essentials in there. If you go out to play a full game, chances are you’ll need to reapply more sunscreen, so don’t forget to bring some with you in your remote control golf trolley. If it’s too hot a day, go to a driving range where you can hit from under cover and in the shade. If you have your heart set on playing a game of golf, try playing half the holes rather than a full game. In certain heat you need to listen to your body, and not do too much. If playing 18 holes starts to feel too much, call it quits and go home, hydrate and cool off.
July 13, 2017 — Natalie Montoya

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