Some people may think that golfing in the summer is better than winter golf however, we disagree. Here’s why you should give golf a shot during the winter months.
Golf was Invented in Scotland
Modern golf has been generally known to be discovered in Scotland around the Middle Ages. It picked up its popularity around the late 19th century where it then spread into the United Kingdom, made its way to the British Empire and landed in the United States.
If you don’t already know, the weather in Scotland can change at the drop of a dime. Quite regularly there can be up to four seasons in a day. So much so, that there is a common saying in Scotland “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”. If you’re from Ohio, you might also be accustomed to this statement.
Some areas of Scotland may be bright and sunny while other areas endure heavy snowfall and blizzard-like conditions. With that being said, acclimate weather didn’t stop the locals when it came to inventing and playing the game of golf so why should it stop you?
Winter Golf Rules
In the winter, the rules of golf are a little more relaxed. This is mainly because you are dealing with poor and probably somewhat soggy/cold conditions on the golf course. During competition play, you can’t just decide that winter rules automatically apply. A golf committee will need to introduce the new terms and announce a “Local Rule” in order for it to take effect. However, if you’re just playing a casual game with your girls than you can decide whatever rules you like!
Winter golf rule summary:
- Winter golf ules only apply to closely mown areas
- You must use a ball marker before lifting, cleaning, or placing your ball
- Unlike summer golf rules, if you go to place your ball and it fails to come to rest at its new spot then you can try again or place it at a similar spot
- There is no automatic relief from plugged lies in the rough
Add a Pop of Color
Winter is the perfect time to break out those bright colors. Spice up your winter golf attire and accessories with pops pinks, reds, oranges. Take full advantage of using bright yellow or orange golf balls. Also, purchase some bright neon gear from SwingDish’s very own Neon Splash Collection. Each collection has a unique bright color scheme that will be sure to add variety to your all-black wardrobe.
Since winter is usually an off-season for most clubs this usually means they will go to extreme lengths to get you to play. This calls for slashed green fees, free balls, less wait time, discounted memberships, and even cheap lessons. You should take full advantage of the off-season and play at these discounted rates.
Vitamin D: Your Body will Thank You
Winter is known to be gloomy and excessively long. When you get up to go to work and come home from work it’s dark outside. This winter routine calls for a nose-dive in vitamin D levels. It’s no surprise in this case that 10 to 20 percent of people are diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also known as, “winter depression”.
Do your body and immune system some good and get outside for some much-needed vitamin D. You may think it’s too cloudy to grab some rays, however, just being outside for a couple of hours will help your body and mood.
Summer and Winter
In summary, playing golf in the summer and winter is without a doubt drastically different. However, that shouldn’t stop you from giving up playing what you love for a couple of long seasons of winter. Just remember these helpful tips and don’t forget to double up on your clothing and keep those hands warm!
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