Seasonal changes can cause a lot of problems for golfers and there is no perfect season for playing golf. Here in the UK, the seasons aren’t exactly defined - you can find yourself stuck in a cold rainstorm in the middle of summer! It’s completely unpredictable and unreliable, which makes it almost impossible to plan the perfect day on the course. We’ve explored the various challenges a golfer can face in each season, from temperature to terrain.
The golf season typically starts in March, as the spring sunshine slowly thaws golf courses. However, just because the seasons have changed doesn’t mean there won’t be more adverse weather conditions. The UK has seen snow in March and April before so it would be no surprise if your round is interrupted by snowfall.
With thawing golf courses and high chances of heavy rain or snow, comes the challenge of drainage. Most courses are not built on a hill, so water drainage on flat land can take weeks to fully recover, which of course means little to no time on the course at all.
A regular occurrence in spring, mud balls are just pieces of mud that get stuck to the golf ball. There isn't much you can do to prevent them, but there is something you can do to improve your shot quality if they do happen to you. Ensuring your club face is as clean as possible is the easiest method to combat a mud ball. The cleaner your club face is at impact, the more likely the muck will fly right off and you'll be able to get the greatest spin out of your shot.
Now you’re not dealing with a water-logged course, you probably have the opposite problem, an extremely dry course. Naturally, golf courses require more water in the summer than in the winter, but in order to conserve water and avoid overwatering the course, there will be dry spots and areas that appear to have gone unwatered for some time.
Hot weather is going to impact your time on the green. It can cause tiredness, irritability and can affect your concentration. The best advice we can give you is stay hydrated, slap on the sunscreen and wear sunglasses to avoid the glare!
Fewer daylight hours
As winter draws closer, there’s less sunlight which means your golfing day will come to a close much earlier than in other seasons. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done about this, unless your local golf course decides to invest in outdoor lighting. With less sunlight comes a drop in temperature, which can affect golf swing movements and your level of concentration. Finding a good fitting thermal is always beneficial in the colder months, but make sure it doesn’t restrict your movements too much.
For golfers aiming to avoid a bogey, autumn foliage is half beautiful and half a total nightmare. As long as you know the rules and don't make any silly mistakes when the leaves start to fall on the fairways... and in the rough...and on the greens, you'll be alright. Here's everything you need to know until you add a leaf blower to your golf bag.
- If leaves are in the way, you’re entitled to move them
- You can move leaves out of the bunker, however, deliberate touching of the sand could result in a penalty.
- If you're very sure your ball landed in a mound of leaves that was raked by the grounds team for removal and you can't find it, it can be played as ground under repair and you'll get free relief.
- It's a one-stroke penalty if you move a leaf near your golf ball and it causes the ball to move somewhere other than the tee box or green.
Modern materials that are lightweight, stretchy, and warm have been replaced with thick woolly jumpers. In order to perform at your best on the course in the winter, you must stay warm, and layering is the best method to do it. Many light layers will insulate and warm you while allowing you to swing freely.
Cold weather affects golf clubs
Golf equipment (including clubs and balls) performs better in warmer temperatures. Because the cold affects the flexibility of the metal in your clubs, energy transfer to the ball is less effective. The most noticeable difference is a significant loss in distance with each club.
Wedges can be affected by the cold weather, especially if it is icy, because the bounce will not be able to perform effectively. As you strike the ball, the club may literally bounce off the turf, resulting in a slew of thin shots.
Golf balls travel less distance
Because cold air is denser, it's effectively thicker for your ball to go through. This raises the resistance and shortens the distance travelled during flight. You'll be alright if you use the proper club for the conditions.
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