Well spring is here and we are just a few short months from that scorching summer heat here in Florida.  Of course a little heat never discouraged a true golfer right?  Well those of us not native to the humid heat of Florida, or even let’s say the dry heat of the deserts in Arizona or California, may need a few tips on how to beat the heat.

Well, here we go! Now I know what you’re thinking, what could I possibly tell you about a hot day that you don’t already know? Well it’s not always what you know, it’s what you do with that information.  For instance we all know the first essential tip to beating the heat is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, but how many of us really drink as much as we need to? Follow this easy tip to stay hydrated on the course

  • If it's in the 90s, you should be drinking one bottled water every three holes. If it's over 100, make that a bottle every two holes. Nine full bottled waters per 18 holes. And yes, you might want to bring your own from the supermarket to save some cash.

Now that you’re hydrated let’s talk about the best time to golf.  Again, I know what you’re thinking, the earlier the better right?  Well guess what?  That IS what everyone else is thinking too!  So starting earlier and spending 5 and a half hours rubbernecking the course in 80 degree weather may prove to be more frustrating than spending 4 hours actually enjoying your tee time later in the day, even if it is 10 degrees hotter. 

Another great tip is to use an extra towel to keep cool on the course.  Take one towel and soak it then seal it in a gallon Ziploc bag, freeze it and then take it with you on the course in your cooler. As it slowly defrosts it will become pliable again. Draping it across the back of your neck or just dabbing it on the face will offer much needed reprieve from the heat throughout the course of your day. Keep it cool and wet at drink stations along the course. 

The last tip I can give you is to RELAX, take your time and pace yourself.  Take short breaks (in the air-conditioned club house if possible) and enjoy the game!

Ashley Widmer

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I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game: it's called an eraser. ~Arnold Palmer

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