Winter Golf Survival Tips

Just because it's winter, your golf clubs don't have to retreat into hibernation.
Winter golfing can be very rewarding, so follow these 16 tips to make the most of the game at this time of year....
LAYER YOUR CLOTHING
You might start off cold, but as your game of golf ventures on, you'll warm up, so layer your clothing to cope with fluctuating conditions. Choose breathable men's golf trousers or ladies golf trousers and team them with men's golf shirts or ladies golf shirts, and add a jacket or jumper for additional warmth.

Just because it's winter, your golf clubs don't have to retreat into hibernation.

Winter golfing can be very rewarding, so follow these 16 tips to make the most of the game at this time of year....

Layer Your Clothing

You might start off cold, but as your game of golf ventures on, you'll warm up, so layer your clothing to cope with fluctuating conditions. Choose breathable men's golf trousers or ladies golf trousers and team them with men's golf shirts or ladies golf shirts, and add a jacket or jumper for additional warmth.

Opt For High Visibility Clothing

If you're playing golf when the sun starts to set, make sure you're safely seen by passing players or golf carts by wearing high visibility ladies or men's golf clothing.

Choose Yellow Golf Balls

It's not just men's golf clothing or ladies golf clothing that should stand out during poor light, but during winter, choose eye-catching yellow golf balls instead of the standard white ones. You'll find it easier to spot a yellow ball, and they perform just as well as white ones.

Warm Your Balls Up

It's a fact that cold golf balls are sluggish at flying, so warm them up on a radiator before you head to the golf course and keep them snug in your pocket until needed.

Practise On a Golf Simulator

If your ladies or men's golf shirts are designed for summer, or your ladies or men's golf trousers are too lightweight for winter, you can still play golf in winter wearing your summer gear. Stay indoors, instead, and practise your swing on a golf simulator.

Keep Hands Warm

Wear winter golf gloves to keep your fingers supple and to stop the cold from affecting your swing.

Expect Softer Greens

Winter weather makes greens softer and wetter, which impacts on the speed of putts and lengths of breaks. Bear this in mind when making club choices.

Avoid Using a Golf Cart

It may be tempting to get from A to B in a golfing cart, but you won't warm up this way, which could affect your swing. Walk instead.

Change Your Strategy

Don't expect to perform in the same way during winter as you would playing golf in summer. Change your strategy and approach to take into account conditions on the green and adjust expectations.

Know How Mud Affects Your Ball

Golf balls get muddier during winter but pay attention to how mud on a ball can affect your shots. Mud on top can make a ball over spin, while mud on the side can make it curve in the opposing direction.

Make The Most Of Empty Courses

Golf courses are quieter in winter and prices may be cheaper, so make the most of this favourable situation and get as much practice in as possible.

Focus On Your Lie In Wet Rough

Wet rough in winter can affect your club, so choose carefully in these conditions. Pick a seven-iron club for average lie, or a wedge if the ball is sitting down.

Adjust Your Driver

Adjust your driver to achieve the optimum driver head/shaft combination, to give your shots more carry and distance during winter.

Practise For Spring

Playing golf during winter gives you invaluable experience of different conditions that can get you at your best for spring.

Play On a Warmer Course

Temperatures vary up and down the country, so pick a course where the mercury is a little higher at this time of year.

Switch To Metal Spikes

If feasible, change your soft spikes to metal ones during winter, to improve stability during your swing and to reduce the risk of slipping.

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