Golfing in Hot Weather – 8 Tips to Stay Cool & Safe

Weather conditions can make an already-challenging game of golf even more difficult. The temperature, humidity and wind all affect both how the ball travels and your body’s performance on the course.

With highs in the 80’s & 90’s and excessive heat warnings in effect across central Indiana this week, it important to how to protect yourself.

  1. Hydration is key: Increase your electrolyte intake and start hydrating your body before tee time to prepare. Skip the caffeine and sugar and opt for water or a sports drink on the course.
  2. Eat the right stuff: The heat can suppress your appetite, but the body needs more fuel when working in the heat. Keep your energy up by eating light, healthy snacks with plenty of protein in between holes.
  3. Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin to avoid skin damage and sunburn.
  4. Conserve your energy: Get plenty of rest in shaded areas between shots. Opting for a cart is helpful to saving energy for your next swing.
  5. Listen to your body – Know the signs of heat exhaustion and what to look out for. Since your body is working hard to keep you cool, your energy levels aren’t as high as they normally are.
  6. Beat the heat and tee off early in the day: Start off early if possible to avoid the hottest parts of the day. Book your tee time in advance HERE.
  7. Hat, cooling towels & neck wraps: A simple way to help keep your head cool and shield your eyes while on the course. Apply a cold compress to your neck to cool off between strokes.
  8. Dress wisely: Wear light colored, moisture-wicking clothing to stay cooler and feel more comfortable.