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By: Brian Neufeld, GolfTourney.com Contributor

We’ve all experienced rounds of golf in extreme weather conditions. Whether a surprise windstorm snuck up on you, or you were so desperate to pull the golf clubs out in February you braved the freezing temperatures, playing in adverse weather is just part of the game. As the weather begins to change around the country, let’s look at some tips for playing golf in high heat, high wind, and extreme cold.

High Heat

Playing golf in high heat is unavoidable for most people. Summer is the most popular time of year to golf and most of us live in areas that experience long stretches of summer heat. Try to set your tee time as early in the day as possible, or shoot for evening rounds to stay out of the heat of midday. Wear lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing to help keep your body cooler. While playing, consider clubbing down a club on iron shots, as the ball will travel further in extreme heat. Make sure to grab a cart, and load up with as much water as you can. Walking can be dangerous in the summer, and the shade of the cart and short bursts of wind can be a great relief.

High Winds

High winds can be a challenge for many of us regardless of the time of year. The most common tip for playing golf in high wind is to move the ball back in your stance. Ideally, you’ll play it just inside your back foot. This helps keep the ball lower to the ground and reduces the amount of wind it will encounter. You’ve probably also heard the tip, “when it’s breezy, swing easy”. Swinging softer will help lower your ball’s spin rate and reduce the impact the wind would cause. Another high wind tip is to use the wind on tee shots for the added distance and play against it on iron shots to use it as a backstop against errant shots. Many pro golfers use this strategy with great success.

Extreme Cold

In freezing weather, staying warm and playing well aren’t typically seen together. There are a few things you can do before you even hit the course to improve your chances of a well-played, warm round. Layering your clothing is the most important pre-round action you can take. Instead of wearing bulky items that will bog down your swing, try layering multiple thinner items to improve your range of motion. Also if possible, try leaving the cart in the barn and walk the course. Any extra movement you can do between shots will increase blood flow and warm you up. Once on the course, focus on keeping your hands warm as they are the most important part of keeping your swing consistent. Also, don’t forget to go up a club or two on iron shots, as the ball won’t travel near as far as it does in the heat.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to handle anything mother nature throws at you on the golf course. Whether it extreme heat or cold, high wind, or a combination, your golf game doesn’t need to suffer from the conditions. And always remember to take your clubs out of your car regardless of the season. Extreme heat and cold can do irreversible damage to your favorite set of clubs.

About the Author: Brian Neufeld

Brian Neufeld’s background includes more than 15 years of experience in golf course management, specializing in agronomy. Brian uses his knowledge of the game and best practices in turf sustention to create informative pieces for GolfTourney.com’s readers.

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By: Brian Neufeld, GolfTourney.com Contributor

In 2019, the USGA implemented a moderate amount of new rules for golf with a focus on improving the pace of play. While most charity or fundraising tournaments are played in a more relaxed manner and often under special rules, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest rule changes in case you find yourself in a more serious event. Many of golf’s new rules are favorable to the golfer, and we’ll cover a few of those here, as well as one not so helpful.

The most talked about rule change in golf this year is the ability to leave the flagstick in the cup while putting. Whether putting with the pin in is beneficial or not is sure to be debated for years to come. Many of us solo golfers have been putting with the pin in forever. However you feel about it, it’s bound to speed up rounds, and can’t hurt if you really like to power your putts to the hole.

One of the most underrated rule changes is ball drops no longer occur from shoulder height and can now be dropped from the knee. While this may seem like no big deal to some, I’m sure there are many others out there who have experienced horrible bounces from those high altitude ball drops. Especially for the taller golfer, this reduced drop height is sure to come in handy.

Speaking of dropping a new ball, one rule that is sure to hurt a lot of golfers is the reduced time to search for a lost ball. The old standard of five minutes has now been reduced to three. This is a big push to increase the speed of rounds but will undoubtedly increase scores for a large portion of the golfing population. May I suggest iron off the tee?

Another infraction off the rule book is grounding your club in a penalty area. This was a rule a lot of casual golfers are unaware of and one that could be interpreted maliciously with the wrong playing partner. You are also allowed to move loose impediments and touch the ground in penalty areas, so play from those areas will be fairer to the golfer.

These rule changes in golf will promote a more relaxed, casual feel to the average round. Tournament play should be impacted positively overall, with faster round times leading to a greater interest in the sport. Next time you’re out on the course, be sure to keep these changes in mind and use them to your advantage.

About the Author: Brian Neufeld

Brian Neufeld’s background includes more than 15 years of experience in golf course management, specializing in agronomy. Brian uses his knowledge of the game and best practices in turf sustention to create informative pieces for GolfTourney.com’s readers.

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