We all want to play golf as often as we can during the year. Depending on where you are based, cold weather way or may not be a problem for you. However, if you live in the northern hemisphere, chances are you will be playing golf in the cold at some stage during the year.
Even in summer, golf courses in the United Kingdom and North America can be remain chilly, especially on the cost. Therefore, you will need to keep warm but at the same time still play to the best of your ability.
The problem with playing golf in the cold weather, especially if there is a chilly wind, is you can wear too many clothes. This ends up restricting your swing and spoiling your round of golf.
On the lower half of the body, instead of opting for thicker trousers, you could wear a pair of long johns, known as base layers or skins. These are like tight leggings and combined with a pair of cotton trousers or waterproofs can make a big difference to the amount of heat you will retain.
You can wear some extra layers on your bottom half if you really feel the cold because it will not restrict your swing as much as the top half. However, if you try wearing a base layer, you will be surprised at home much difference it makes.
Keeping your extremities warm when on the golf course will help to keep the rest of your body warm. Try wearing a pair of thick thermal socks over a pair of thin cotton socks, as this well help to trap the heat.
If your hands are cold and you mishit a shot, the vibrations can feel tortuous. We have all seen the big golf mitts which are available and they are good but nothing beats wearing a pair of hand warmers. These can be worn under golf mitts before the start of a round for about 10 minutes. Doing this will not only keep your hands warm before you start your round but also warm the inside of your mitts, making them a pleasure to slip on between shots.
It is no secret that a lot of heat is lost through the head in cold conditions, therefore a warm hat is essential when playing golf. A basic bobble hat will do the job, it does not need to be anything special as long as it is warm. You can even remove it when playing shots if you are not comfortable with it on.
Perhaps the most important item of clothing you will wear in cold weather is on the top half of your body.
Thankfully, if you have taken the advice above you will not need many layers on the top half and this is good because you do not want to impede your swing. A long sleeved base layer, like that on your legs plus a polo shirt and loose jumper is plenty when playing in very cold conditions.
You can remove the jumper for milder conditions, as the long sleeve base layer will keep your arms warm enough.
Wearing these items will ensure you remain warm on the golf course but do not hinder your golf by feeling uncomfortable or clumsy.