We are in the middle of the summer in the northern hemisphere and playing golf in the heat is a difficult proposition. The majority of people we coach don’t prepare well enough for the extreme heat.
Here are the essentials –
Water – I take at least 2 liters out on the course! Adds to weight in the bag but essential.
An Isotonic drink – as you will be sweating a lot you will need to replenish salt levels.
Sun tan cream – for obvious reasons. See if you can get some with insect repellant.
Cap or hat – Sounds crazy but when it’s really hot I will soak my hair before I go out and let it dry naturally under the cap!
Sunglasses – These will help reduce straining because of the light, a big cause of head aches and helps to maintain concentration. Also reduces the damage to the eyes, having seen the damage the suns rays can do to your eyes I will always wear my glasses on the course and when I’m teaching.
A wet towel – I will always carry a large bath towel with at least half of it soaked under a cold tap before I go out. If I get chance to soak it again half way round I will. This can be used to refresh your hands and also in extreme cases you can put it around your neck.
Extra gloves – I will carry at least 3 extra gloves to keep them fresh I will attach to the outside of the bag and alternate them as I play.
Turn your collar up – Obviously this gives you that extra protection from a part of your body that can burn easily.
Always remember failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
I’ve also been playing in one day events each week to keep the competitive juices flowing. Golf is passion and love.