Cold Weather Golfing Tips

Golf season is almost over, and you’re eking out a last few rounds until the snows come. While playing golf in cold or freezing weather is quite different than on a hot summer’s day, it can still be a fun challenge. Here are some tips and tricks to keep cold weather golf enjoyable, and to prevent your game from suffering too much.

Walk, don’t ride

While walking golf is healthier for you, and there’s definitely been a big push for more players to move toward no golf carts, it’s even more beneficial in colder months. Try using an electric golf caddy instead of a golf cart. If you walk a course in the cold, rather than ride in a golf cart you will stay a lot warmer.

Walking from hole to hole will keep your body moving, and it may keep your swing looser. Even in the summer, walking helps to loosen up the body. Getting in a golf cart after every hole, changes your posture and your body must adjust to the attitude of swinging at every hole.

Warm your hands

While walking the course keeps your body from getting too cold, it’s important to keep your hands warm too. Invest in some small handwarmers. They’re relatively cheap, and they do the job nicely. Keep the handwarmers in your pockets, and consider wearing one or two layers of gloves. If your hands get too cold you’ll lose control of your golf club swing.

Keeping your golf ball warm

It’s a little-known fact, but golf balls don’t travel as far in colder weather. You can lose up to 3 to 5-yard distance for every 10 degree drop in temperature. Try keeping your ball in your pocket between holes. Also try to play smarter. You may need to take a few extra swings, to achieve the shot you want, but it’s better than many extra swings.

Layers are key

Bring and wear plenty of layers. While you may start your game off cold, changes are you warm up after a few holes. So wear your warm clothes in layers, so that they’re easy to take off, and put back on. You also don’t want to wear to many bulky layers, as it may affect your swing.

Take Away

Try not to hold your usual golf standards to your cold weather game. It can be especially tricky with conditions, layers and the way the cold weather could affect your swing, the ball and the course. Enjoy that you’re out on the course, and playing golf in the cold weather. At any rate, the more golf you play, the better your golf game gets, even if it’s cold weather golf.

Holiday Gifts for Golfers

The holidays are a time for giving, and some people can be hard to give gifts to. If you have a golfer in your life, there are a variety of golf related gifts for a range of players, beginner to expert. Here is a short list of golf-related gift ideas.

A tracking system

This gift is pretty high tech, and can be a little spendy, but any avid golfer would love this gift. A tracking system is composed of low-profile sensors that are attached to clubs. They record data from every shot, and generate analytics on golf swing. Some systems can also provide live shot tracking.

Golf related art

Find sketches or photographs that are golf centric. For the golfer in your life, perhaps a panoramic shot of a golf course is exactly what their office is missing.

Top of the line umbrella

While it’s a bit of a gag gift, the importance of a good umbrella can never be understated. Getting caught in a downpour out on the course isn’t fun for anyone, so a sturdy umbrella can be a welcome addition to any electric golf caddy or golf bag.

A small putting green

For the avid golfer who is already depressed about greens covered in snow, and weekends spent watching golf rather than playing it. Any golfer welcomes the chance to work on their shot, so a small putting green or putting set up, may do nicely as a gift.

An electric golf caddy

While some still use golf carts, the use of electric golf trolleys is rising. They’re perfect for the player who prefers to walk the course, rather than ride. Some systems including those created by CartTek are using Lithium batteries in their models, for longer lasting battery life.

A subscription to golfing magazines

If there’s a golfing magazine that your golfer always seems to gravitate toward, try getting them a subscription to it. They may enjoy receiving a magazine once a month, that has to do entirely with golfing.

Other gift ideas

Other ideas include fancy new putting covers, new golf shoes, LED golf balls for a bit of fun, portable personal speakers for music on the course, and more. Try finding something unique that your favorite golfer would love. There are plenty of options for golf related gifting during the holiday season.