As the weather changes and we say goodbye to summer, it’s time to start pulling the cold weather gear out of the closet. Colder days on the course can drive some into hibernation but if you are a committed year-round golfer, knowing how to dress for the colder months is key. The main goal is having freedom and flexibility to swing and move around while simultaneously staying warm. Check out the following tips on how to dress for those colder days;
By wearing a base layer, your body can trap heat and keep it close. Long-sleeve base layers might include thermal shirts or the poly-pro shirts that are specifically designed to trap heat. Long underwear works great under long pants and there are some various active brands on the market that are designed for comfort during activity.
Keeping your core temperature warm will help the rest of your body stay warm. Consider wearing a light vest over your base layer, under your jacket. Make sure your vest isn’t bulky, so you won’t have to worry about the material getting in the way of your swing. Vests designed with athletes in mind are typically best because they work with your body when you move.
Choosing the right kind of pants can be tricky but knowing that comfort is most important, you can select a pant that gives you comfort and ease of movement. If you decide to wear a base layer under your pants, make sure you can stretch and swing without feeling constricted. The best thing about layering is the ability to remove clothing as the day warms up or you get too hot. Keep your layers nearby so when the sun disappears throughout your 18 hole golf game, you can keep yourself warm.
Throw a few hand warmers in your golf bag so you have them nearby on those chilly days. Hand warmers easily fit in your pocket and can be lifesavers when your hands feel brittle from the cold. You could also consider wearing two gloves but make sure you can still have control over the golf club. Warm hands make a big difference when you are gripping your club.
Another tip for staying warm on the course is to consider walking instead of riding in a golf cart. The exercise will keep your body warm which will help your muscles stay loose. And don’t forget, warm golf balls travel further than cold golf balls, so keep your golf balls in your pocket between each hole. Get out there and enjoy those brisk days on the course, the Fall can be one of the best seasons to play golf if you can stand the cold air!