The most anticipated golf season for many of us (unless you live in the Greater Phoenix area!) is just around the corner. And, although pool days and flip-flops get us all excited, summer creates its own obstacles when it comes to being active and staying cool. Since the Cool Clubs fitting team spends countless hours outside working with our fitting clients all over the country in both the sun and high humidity climates, we’ve developed some useful tips you should keep in mind while playing golf during the warmer seasons.
Hydration is Key!
One of the most common mistakes players make when hitting the links during higher temperatures is forgetting to hydrate. Hydrate is a more complex term for a very simple fact of good health: drink lots and lots of water. It’s not just essential to make sure you always have a bottle of water on hand, or a good electrolyte-replacing sports drink, but you need to make sure you are hydrating yourself long before your tee-time. A rule of thumb for golfers who consistently play in warmer weather calls for at least one day of full preparation when it comes to proper hydration on the course. There’s nothing worse than having to call it a day at the turn because you begin to see signs of heat exhaustion.
Either you or your playing partners should keep an eye out for each other during a round in hot and dry or hot and humid weather. There are warning signs that you may miss about your own health on a hot day, but hopefully your enlightened golf partners will be able to pick them up. Here’s what you should look for:
- Feeling light-headed or dizziness when getting out of the cart or standing up after lining up a putt
- Heavy sweating (the body’s natural instinct when body temperatures are high is to sweat to regulate core body temperature)
- Weak, rapid pulse
- Muscle cramps
Another summer-golfing faux pas we often see is the failure of many players to wear sunscreen when they head out on the course. Not only does sunscreen help protect you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays while on the course, it also helps to prevent heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
Find Some Cool Attire
Wearing proper clothing when out on the course will significantly help you stay cool as well. Clothing materials that are breathable like Nike Dri-Fit and IBKUL help make this easy for athletes. IBKUL designs 50+ UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) clothing with the golfer in mind as they use a patented “IceFil” high tech fabric which keeps your body at least 5 degrees cooler when out in the sun. Wear a hat, too. Bucket hats work wonders by keeping the sun off your ears, the back of your neck and your face. It’s not just your skin you need to protect and keep cool…protecting your eyes from the brightness of the sun is essential in your overall health regimen when playing summer golf. Wear sunglasses if at all possible.
Following these tips and tricks will help you stay cool out on the course this summer even if you swear the sun is out to get you! Try to schedule your tee times as early as you can and stick to the shaded areas whenever possible. For true fans and avid golfers, we know you don’t want to miss out on your weekly rounds this summer, so make sure you protect yourself and your golf partners to stay hydrated on the course!
Happy and Healthy Golfing!
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