Wow! What a summer it has been. When it is hot and humid, like it has been lately, it is important to be more mindful and prepared to play golf. We wait ALL winter to be able to get out and hit balls and play a round of golf. Don’t let the heat discourage you from playing golf this summer! Remember, a hot day on the golf course is still better than a nice day anywhere else ~
Here are some suggestions for ways to beat the heat:
• Hydrate. Hydration should take place for several days prior to your round of golf. If you golf often, it is important that you make hydration part of your every day routine. While some studies have shown that all drinks hydrate, obviously some are better than others. Water is the best way to get hydrated. Other healthy ways to hydrate yourself include drinking milk, vegetable, and fruit juice. Sports drinks are a good alternative to water if you plan on playing/walking 18 holes.
• Wear appropriate clothing. When you are planning what to wear to play golf, consider light weight, breathable clothing. You will also want to wear light colored clothing, which will not absorb as much heat as darker colored clothes.
• Plan your day accordingly. Plan to spend the time outside during the morning and/or evening. Avoid spending time on the course during the middle of the day. You will have a lot more fun when you are not struggling with the sun and heat. If you can only fit your time on the links in during the middle of the day, be sure to wear a hat that offers coverage, as well as sunscreen! At Cape May Par 3, we have a selection of golf visors & hats just for you.
• Stand in the shade. At Cape May Par 3, there are plenty spots with lots of shade. If you get too hot, have a seat on a bench in the shade. It will make you feel better and able to finish your round of golf. Make it a great time to think about your mental golf game, or spend time with your golf mates shooting the breeze.
• Eat sensibly. Eat smaller meals and not as much protein. Protein increases metabolic rate, which makes staying cool more difficult. So, eat lighter meals, and include fruit and vegetables (which also help to hydrate you) and whole grain foods. You might also find that reducing the amount of dairy you consume directly before you play golf or hit balls might help you feel better.
• It is important to recognize when you are overheated. Some of the signs of being overheated include: sweating profusely, increased heart rate, dizziness, headache, and vomiting. If you experience any or many of these signs, it is important that you rest in a cool, shaded area, drink cool liquids, such as water or sports drinks, apply cool compresses, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Just because it’s hot, doesn’t mean it isn’t golf weather! Make these small changes and you will be ready to play, even in the heat. Be sure to pay attention to your body. If you need help, please ask. It’s better to be safe than sorry.