When the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, that means more opportunity to hit the links and see how low you can go.
Hanging out on a course for four or five hours is the definition of “awesome” for any true golfer. But as the weeks grow warmer, you need to make sure that you protect yourself from the elements.
The good news is that it’s really not that hard to take a few precautions before you tee off and during your round. Here’s a quick list of things you can do so you can beat the heat and focus on hitting ’em straight.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people underestimate the power of the sun, even in the early spring months. Just going a few minutes unprotected during the day can cause sunburn.
If you wear makeup when you golf, you may already have some sun protection–a lot of brands add UV protection. But it never hurts to apply more.
Find a “sport” sun blocker in an easy spray can so you can reapply throughout your round.
One of the best things you can do to stay cool is to drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
As your sweat evaporates, it whisks heat away from you, but it also drains your body of essential fluids. Always having some cool water next to you and taking a few sips between each shot will keep you hydrated and safe.
You can also drink “sports” drinks, but there’s a lot of added sugar so drink them sparingly.
Dress for Success
When it’s 100 degrees outside, you need to take care in how you dress. You want to choose light, breathable materials with light colors or patterns.
Woman also can go sleeveless on most golf courses, so use that to your advantage. Paired with a skirt or even a pair of skorts will help keep you cool throughout your round.
Bring a Towel
Whatever you do to beat the heat, you’re still going to be sweating a lot. Using a towel to wipe it out of your eyes will make your round more comfortable.
But that’s not all a towel is good for. You can also keep on in your cooler of ice so you can have a quick cool-down whenever the heat starts to get to you.
There are also towels available that are made of lycra that are specifically made to help cool you off.
More Ways to Beat the Heat
A few more great tips for staying cool are:
- Avoid alcohol. It dehydrates you.
- Wear a hat. Keeping the sun off your face can do wonders.
- Play early in the morning or later in the evening. Avoiding the hottest parts of the day will help you no matter where you live.