Playing in hot weather can effect your golf game and even worse, your health, so stay safe in the heat. However, as long as you’re prepared, you can still have fun out there while staying safe from the heat, too. Here are some tips for when your golf game coincides with a heat wave:
- It is recommended to drink 16 ounces of water every 2-3 holes to stay hydrated. But don’t wait until the day of your round to drink-up. Stay on top of hydration by drinking water on the days leading up to your outing.
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. Use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and apply it at least 30 minutes before heading outside. Skin damage and skin cancer due to sun exposure is an ever growing issue with golfers.
- Wear sun glasses and a hat to protect your eyes. UV rays can do irreversible retina damage to your eyes.
- Dress in light colored clothing, and wear golf clothes that are wicking and breathable. If the course allows, wear shorts.
- Consider investing in a cooling towel. These towels are activated when soaked in water and wrung out. They stay cool for hours and easily wrap around your neck. They work on the “evaporation principle”.
- Book an early tee time. Get on and off the course before the sun is the strongest. This is the easiest way to stay safe in the heat.
- Use an umbrella, especially if you’re walking. There are push cart accessories for umbrellas, which allow you to push your cart without having to hold your umbrella.
Signs Of Dehydration
It is important to stay hydrated on the golf course. You will play better! If you notice these issues on the golf course, you are certainly dehydrated.
- Increased muscle stiffness, decreased golf flexibility.
- Being thirsty.
- Dry Mouth.
- Poor Concentration.
- Feeling Sluggish.
Remember these tips the next time you head to the course on a hot, summer day. Have fun, but stay safe in the heat!