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Golf in the Cold Weather
October 28, 2011, 1:24 PM
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Well…the cold weather is here. YUK! I love the fall colors out on the course, and the slight chill in the air makes the  sounds of the leaves blowing in the trees relaxing; but I find myself longing for the warm days of May and June…already. In any case, here we are. So, I wanted to talk to you about golf in the cold weather and the small adjustments that need to be made in the cold weather.

So, a little science lesson will help you understand where I am heading with this…cold air is denser. Have you ever
noticed that the air pressure is higher in your tires during the summer than in the winter? That is because air molecules do not move as much in the cold temperatures as they do in the warmer temperatures. So, cold air is functionally heavier and it creates more resistance on the ball as it travels through the air. The problem for golfers is that many golfers, especially new players, think that simply hitting the ball harder is the answer.  Unfortunately, it leaves you open for more mistakes. Very basically, it causes you to be in the wrong position at the point of impact.

There are a few things you can do to help combat the cold temps on the course:

  • Try to keep your ball warm. Put it in your pocket until you need it.
  • Keep your hands, feet, and head when playing in cold weather. Invest in good gloves! If you are not cold, you will enjoy yourself a lot more—if that is even possible!
  • Work your swing to generate a lower trajectory, and play the ball slightly back in your stance. You will need to change your swing plane to a shallower arc.
  • Drop your right shoulder to lower than your left. From this position the right allows the left to control the takeaway. Lead with the left and follow with the right. Do not let your right shoulder to pass the ball, so that the spin on the ball will be right.

I hope these tips help. The biggest thing is that the cold weather is not the worst thing in the world…you can still get out, play 18 holes, and enjoy the game as always. You will be glad to get the fresh air—and who knows, you might come to enjoy and appreciate the renewed opportunity of  being successful on the course in even the coldest weather!

Rick Jones

par3rick@aol.com

Cape May Par 3 & Driving Range

www.capemaypar3.com

Dover Par 3 & Driving Range

www.doverpar3golf.com

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