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Beat The Heat

Summer is here and with it comes the heat and humidity.  Some of us think the warmer weather is the best time to get a round in, and some golfers just can't sit at home in the AC and they have to be out on the course. Either way, I thought it was fitting to give some reminders when playing in the heat.  Thanks to an article I found on PGA.com, it gives the perfect list of do's for playing on those hot days. 

1.) Stay hydrated. This is NOT as simple as it sounds. Drinking plenty of fluids during your round will not be enough. You need to actually begin at least one day prior to your round.  Avoid caffeine and alcohol. 

 
2.) Wear loose, light-colored clothing made of moisture wicking material. Nike's Dri-Fit apparel works great for shirts and pants, and other brands have their own fabrics that will help keep you cool. The goal here is to keep the clothes breathable and not have it stick to you when you start to sweat. You'll feel more comfortable, stay cooler and play better.
 
3.) Use sunblock. Much of the newer golf apparel has sunblock technology built in.  In fact, I've even advised players, that have the right type of materials in their shirt, to wear long sleeves on hot days - simply for the sunblocking properties of the clothes. On your skin that is exposed, use some type of sunscreen. SPF 50 is not too much.
 
4.) Wear a hat. Regular style caps are great; but they're not perfect. The bucket hat with the brim that goes all the way around may be more effective. But a loose, light hat will do wonders in keeping the sun off of you.  It's not just about avoiding sunburn, it's maintaining your energy level.
 
5.) Eat light, but eat nonetheless. Again, if we want to maintain your concentration and energy levels, starving yourself is not going to help. But the last thing you want is to feel heavy and lethargic due to a big meal before needing to walk around for five or six hours in the hot sun.
 

6.) Warm up fully but lightly.  You want to be prepared for your round, so hit balls on the range and putt some of the putting green. But don't overexert yourself.  You're going to sap your energy throughout the day. Don't burn it all before you get to the first tee!

Tips in an article written by By
Jon Tattersall, PGA

PGA.com