Colder temps are coming, but fall golf is too great to resist. So here are a few playing tips for golfers in fall weather:
1. Layer Up
Start with clothing that breathes (the sun can get warm) and doesn’t restrict your swing, like Under Armour. Double up with socks-two layers if it is really cold or an extra pair if the course is wet. Rain gear–pants and jacket-are essential. You’ll have them for the rain and they serve as good wind protection.
2. Use a Softer Ball
Temperature can certainly affect your golf ball. The colder it gets, the less feel you have. By playing with a softer ball, you can retain some of the feel that you are used to around the greens. You might not hit the ball as far as normal (see below), but you might score by retaining your touch and feel.
3. Club Up
Cooler temperatures don’t allow for the ball to travel as far, so if you are in-between clubs on an approach shot, always club up so you can get it there. Also be aware that rainy weather on the Island will soften up the course leaving us with little roll and the need for increased carry distance, so for this reason too it is best to club up accordingly.
4. Bring Hand Warmers and Ear Warmers
There is no need to worry about looks and whether you will be ridiculed for using hand warmers (you are already a golf warrior for being out there). You should have hand and ear warmers in your golf bag just in case. You want to be comfortable and not think about your frozen ears during your back swing. Keeping your hands warm between shots is a good idea for better feel on the club.
No matter your age, staying loose in fall weather is hard to do, unless you are moving. Forget the cart and walk the course (if you can). It keeps the muscles limber and you will stay warm. Try to play your round during mid-day when sun is warmest.
And finally, look around. The fall colors here are incredible. Take a deep breath of the crisp fall air and remind yourself why you love living here. Enjoy the round-it could be your last one for a while.
When practicing work on developing a correct and reliable Swing Sequence.
There are two basic moves in the swing. One is to move the club away from the ball and the other is to move the club back to the ball. The first is referred to as the takeaway and the second is referred to as the downswing.
What happens between these two movements is a change of direction in the swinging of the club.
Focus on getting the sequence of the movements in the correct order and in good tempo to insure good swing path and angle of attack into the ball.
Study Ben Hogan’s swing to see him squat to start the downswing
Over the years of teaching, I have notice students inability to improve their golf swings was due mainly to their lack of not knowing how to practice properly. A serious golfer must be very systematic in his or her approach to good practice. Things to remember:
Have a practice plan
Loosen up your golfing muscles before hitting
Concentrate on the area of your game that is giving you the most problem.
Put into practice the advice that was given to you by your local golf instructor.
Give yourself time to practice, rushing through a bucket will only speed up your swing.
Allow time for your short game around and on the green.
The instructors at Eaglequest will tell you that students that improve their golfing skills are those that implement sound practice habits. Remember the baby steps you take now to improve your swing will develop into giant steps in the future of your golf game.
Want to know what makes golf FANTASTIC at EQ… Because we believe the greatest game in the world should be FUN, FAST, & FAMILY ORIENTED! Whether you are a newbie or an aspiring pro, visit any of our six sites across Canada and discover a new golf experience.