Winter Golf Tips: Beat the Cold on the Green

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The Pros at provide practical golf tips to enjoy the game during the winter months.

Winter Golf Tips

Golfing in the winter does not have to be a chore.

"By following some basic tips, it is possible for a majority of golfers to enjoy the game during the harsh winter months," adds staffer Steve.

Maintaining golf form during winter can be difficult. Playing conditions change drastically from the way they are during the summer. This is why most golfers prefer to stay off the course once temperatures start dropping. Rather than giving up golf for several months and developing rust in the process, it is possible for golfers to beat the cold and enjoy the game during the winter months.

The basics of the game remain the same yet there are certain factors that require golfers to change technique and playing style, including:

  • Feeling cold (obviously)
  • Surface not being ideal for putting
  • Provisional Tees (usually)
  • Ball accumulating more dirt and grime
  • Lack of distance on shots

To avoid shooting high scores and feeling physically uncomfortable during a round, golfers need to master playing in spite of the cold. Here are some effective tips.

Use Warm Golf Balls

Golf balls, especially the core, get harder in winter. This makes it difficult to achieve the distance golfers crave on certain shots. A simple technique to get around this is using warm golf balls. Now, one cannot barbecue golf balls, but one can put them on a radiator the night before going to the course. Also, keeping the balls in ones pocket when not in use will help preserve the warmth.

Stay Warm

Not only should the golf ball be warm, it’s even more important to keep one’s body adequately warm as well. The cold can make it difficult to execute shots and can even cause injuries. Wearing thick socks, a sweater and thermal underwear is highly recommended. Walking as much as possible between shots and rubbing hands together regularly will help mitigate the cold conditions.

“Lift and Place”

The ‘Lift and Place’ rule is generally allowed at most golf courses. This rule allows golfers to lift the ball, clean it and then place it back on the fairway. This becomes more important during winter because dirt tends to stay stuck on the ball unless it’s lifted up and cleaned. Dirt affects both the flight of the ball as well as the ability to get a clean strike.

Don’t Under Club

Often, the combination of a cold golf ball, a cold golfer and cold wind makes it hard to achieve the desired distance on shots. One of the ways to overcome these issues is to use an extra club on shots. For instance, if a 5-iron is the club of choice for a 160 yard shot, then consider using a 4-iron during winter. was established over 10 years ago as an affordable and efficient way of getting the best in used, bulk, recycled and top quality golf balls for less. They also carry new golf gear and new golf balls at deeply discounted prices. Their goal is to provide every golf enthusiast with brand name golf gear at affordable prices. All purchases made on their website are processed and shipped from their warehouse facilities in Atlanta. For over a decade, they have established themselves as competitive players in the market with superior Customer Service being a corner stone of their business philosophy. All used golf balls sold on their site are collected from premier golf courses in the United States, gently cleaned and hand sorted. Their quality control is one of the best in the industry.

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