In the winter, it’s crucial to keep your muscles loose throughout your round but to do this, you need to keep your body warm.
This is not always easy when you are out in the on course in the coldest winter months.
Here are our five techniques that you can use during your next trip to the golf course, keep the cold out and your swing as hot.
Layer up – the smart way.
The worst thing you can do when playing in winter is to wear too many layers. They restrict you and can cause you to lose mobility in your swing. Coats and thicker trousers are great when you want to stop the cold in its tracks but that doesn’t work well when you need to take the club back to parallel.
Instead of going for thicker materials, invest in some thinner clothing that can be layered. Multiple thin layers trap heat and keep it against your skin for looser muscles, keeping you relaxed and comfortable during those blustery winter rounds.
Keep Your Hands Toastie
It goes without saying that your hands are the most important part of your swing. They are the sole contact point to your club. During the coldest days of the year, your hands can become stiff causing you to lose feeling during your round.
Finding thin and flexible gloves that allow your hands to fit well around the club is vital for maintaining warmth while keeping the swing fluid and fundamentally sound. Try out gloves before picking the perfect pair.
Longer Cleats Make For A Better Foundation
Cleats that are a little wider and longer is another great way to anchor yourself into the cold turf during your backswing. Losing your footing during the swing is an easy way to hinder your day on the links.
The best way to combat those concerns is by making sure that your footwear is ready for the challenge of colder weather by extending the berth of their grip into the soil. If you need some advice, our Golf Pro – Mark, is on hand to help you.
Warm-Up Like Normal
When you play in cold weather you need to reach the 1st tee comfortable and ready to play. Being too cold will slow your swing speed.
Protect Your Face
Finally, it’s wise to protect your face from sun and wind damage on chilly days. A little sunscreen mixed with an SPF-protected face mask is a great way to reduce the toll that four hours of wind and sun can place upon your skin.
Don’t forget – if you’re a member here at Tewkesbury Park you receive 20% off treatments in our spa. Why not book a facial after your round to nourish your skin and rehydrate ready for your next game.
By Jordan Fuller
Jordan Fuller is a golf coach and mentor. He also loves to write about golf in his publication site, https://www.golfinfluence.com, and shares some tips on how you improve your game