Tips for winter golf

2/1/2010 by John Borelli

Winter golfFiguring out what to wear for a round of winter golf is always tricky. Successfully managing your body's temperature can have a definite effect on your performance. Any thoughts about how cold, wet, or uncomfortable you are will only eat into your concentration and distract you.

Consider these tips the next time you head out into the cold for a round or two. (Post a comment with your own tip!)

* Dress in layers, but overdress for all the pre-round stuff (registration, stretching, playing catch) so you warm up quickly.

* Wear a wicking performance shirt. Even though it's cold out, you're still going to sweat, especially if you are trudging through a foot of snow or more.

* Avoid cotton pants and sweatshirts. Ski pants, nylon jackets or vests, and fleece work great and shed snow. With ski pants, you can sit in the snow or lean against a tree without worrying about walking around with a wet butt the whole round.

* Invest in a pair of waterproof socks and a good pair of boots. Gaiters also work well to keep your feet dry. Warm feet equals happy golfing.

* Wear a glove or mitten on your non-throwing hand and keep a hand warmer in your throwing hand pocket. Try to pick up your disc and brush snow off it with your gloved hand. Keep your throwing hand dry and warm.

* Wear a knit or fleece hat rather than a baseball hat. Keeping your ears and neck warm helps a lot, especially if it is breezy.

* Pack extra socks, shirts, pants, and shoes. Change them for round two and for the ride home.

What else helps you play better in the winter?

Comments:

by Les Sinnock on 2/2/2010 at 9:53:04 AM
I have always found that a hip flask with something warming inside helps to shake off a chill on those coldest of days. Additionally, some mention of how you should not dress too bulky outside as that will affect your ability to throw uninhibited.

by LiCk on 2/2/2010 at 1:24:47 PM
I still use a couple of plastic shopping bags on each foot outside of my socks - REALLY keeps your feet warm and dry and allows me to wear any shoe I want.

by Plunkett on 2/2/2010 at 8:14:34 PM
Ribbons attached to the center of the disk is the ONLY way to play in DEEP snow unless you want someone spotting every disk thrown 18 different times. Its not technically legal though, and does create SOME drag.... not as much as you'd think though.

by Mel on 2/3/2010 at 8:39:42 AM
I usually take a thermos of hot tea, coffee or apple cider. A warm beverage warms you to the core.

by Aubin on 2/3/2010 at 10:26:04 AM
Make sure to practice playing in boots BEFORE it snows, so you know what to expect. Also, Under Armour Coldgear really works.

by yaskis on 2/3/2010 at 10:57:25 AM
Get yourself a pair of yak tracks for about 30 dollars. They allow you to run up on tee pads that have snow and ice. Do not use them it the box is clear. If you do not have yak tracks or stabilizers try throwing from a stand still, which ultimately increases distance during the spring and summer time.


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