What Does Bounce Do On a Golf Club?

What Does Bounce Do On a Golf Club?

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What Is The Bounce On a Golf Club?

“Bounce is forgiveness in a wedge. The better the bounce matches your swing type the better your wedge game will be.”

– Bob Vokey

Have you ever looked closely at the sole of your golf wedge? Did you notice that right below the degree of loft number, there was a second number? This second number is the degree of bounce that your wedge has. Each golf club has a certain degree of bounce. The bounce is angle between the ground and the sole of the golf club.

What Does Bounce On a Golf Club Mean?

The bounce angle on a golf club affects how the club interacts with the ground. Wedges that have low bounce (4 – 6 degrees) will dig into the ground more than wedges with high bounce (10 – 14 degrees). 

Low bounce wedges – As mentioned above, these wedges are between 4 and 6 degrees of bounce. These types of wedges are great in faster/firmer conditions and bunkers that are wet and have compacted sand. Wedges with low bounce are engineered to give clean contact with the ball on each shot allowing more precision at the sacrifice of forgiveness. Log wedges with low bounce angles can produce high flop shots on very tight lines near the green. Players with a shallower attack angle or a more “sweeping” motion tend to like these wedges more.

Medium bounce wedges – Wedges with medium bounce usually have between 7 and 10 degrees of bounce. These wedges are good in all conditions, firm and soft. Wedges with medium bounce are extremely versatile. Players can use these wedges around the greens to create a number of shots. Players with a more natural swing like these type of wedges. Typically, players with a very steep or very shallow swing struggle to use wedges with medium bounce.

High bounce wedges – High bounce wedges typically have bounce angles between 10 – 14 degrees. These types of wedges are suited for players with a steeper swing. Because of how much bounce is on the club doesn’t dig into the turf as much and can help counter a steep swing. High bounce wedges help produce a lot of spin and can give players more control around the greens. Some beginners that have a shallow swing struggle to hit these wedges as they are typically not getting under the ball as often. High bounce wedges cause them to hit more ‘thin’ shots.

How Does Bounce On a Golf Club Work?

The bounce of a golf club is the angle between the leading edge of the sole of the club and the ground. The sole is the part of the club that really interacts with the turf. The bounce angle prevents or helps the sole of the club dig into the ground, sand or turf. There are benefits and drawbacks to each type of wedge bounce. Wedges with high bounce tend to not dig down into the turf as much and sort of ‘pop’ the wedge away from the ground. In contrast, wedges with low bounce tend to dig further into the ground, giving you a more precise hit. 

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How To Use The Bounce On a Golf Club

The bounce of a golf club is a tool. Just as much as a rangefinder or any golf training aid. Using the bounce of a wedge is easier than you may think. Using the bounce correctly starts with the knowledge about bounce and how that angle affects the club when it hits the ground. You need to take this information to the course and start applying it to situations. Imagine you are on a par 3 with an elevated green and you are on the short grass, but you need to get the ball high in the air quickly. A wedge with high bounce may not be the club to hit at that moment, if you know that you have a problem getting under the ball, because of a shallow swing. A club with low bounce will help you clip the ball quickly and can help you pop the ball up quicker. 

One place bounce is extremely helpful is the sand. Imagine you are in a sand trap trying to pitch up onto the green. A wedge with low bounce can cause you to dig into the sand more and can cause you to hit under the ball easier. However, a wedge with high bounce can stop you from digging as much an can help hit the ball a little more clean. A lot of players prefer higher bounce wedges out of the sand to avoid over digging.

What Bounce Should I Get On My Wedges?

There is no standard answer for what bounces you should get on your wedges. Bounce angles vary per wedge, grind, and brand. The best answer to the question ‘what bounce(s) should I get on my wedges?’, is a variety. At Bestgolfaccessories.net, we recommend that you get with a coach and professional fitter to properly get fit for a wedge set and to discover what type of swing you have. The professional club fitter will help you get fit for your wedge set and a coach will help you figure out your swing and make recommendations on what type of wedges you need, how many wedges you need and more information that is vital in the bag making decision making. Your coach can help you hone in your steep swing and a professional fitter can help get you set up with a wedge set of high to mid bounce wedges that will help you not dig too much into the ground. If you decide to not use any coaches or fitters, we recording your swing and examining your divots to figure out what type of swing you have. Then consider the types of wedges you are going to need – gap, sand, lob – and think about the types of situations you are going to use those wedges in. Personally I play a 60 degree wedge with 4 degrees of bounce because, my swing is a drop steep and my local courses sand is commonly coarse.



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How To Make a Golf Yardage Book

How To Make a Golf Yardage Book For Free

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Jim Fyruk once said “Build a Professional Yardage Book. If you haven’t judged the different elevations or the firmness/softness of the greens on your home course in a yardage book, then you’re making a big mistake. This is critical information if you want to score your best, and all it takes is an afternoon, a pad and a pencil. Nail all the variables with your favorite foursome. The more data you can gather, the better.” Pro’s use these yardage books because of how helpful they are to a players strategy. If you are wanting to shoot lower scores, consider making one of these yardage books to help you plan out your approach for each hole. Maybe you need to take an extra club on that pesky par 3 to give yourself an easier chip if you mishit. This type of information is missed until you really look at each hole and analyze the easiest way to play the hole. A yardage book is one of the best golf accessories you can add to your arsenal.

How To Make a Golf Yardage Book Like The PGA Pros

Professional golfers are use yardage books in competition because it gives them the most information possible about a specific hole. Don’t get us wrong – pros love to use rangefinders and GPS’ as well. But nothing works as well as a yardage book.

Making a yardage book is easier than you might think. It will requires some time, effort and software. However, the end result will help you improve the way you navigate your home course and can help you save shots by playing smarter golf.

What You Will Need To Make a Yardage Book

Making a yardage book will require a few materials.


*Optional: Leather Yardage Book


*Optional: Screenshot application like Snagit

NOTE: With Adobe illustrators 7 day trial, you should be able to create a complete yardage book (maybe even two if you really grind it out) in that time frame.

I personally have not used Affinity designer, however, I have heard good things. At $50 for the software – you really can’t go wrong. I will be testing this software in the future – for this specific task.

Photopea is free, but that is truly its only perk. It isn’t friendly to use for this task and I truly struggled to create a hole using this software. If you have weeks to spend on this project, you may be able to create a yardage book one hole at a time. It is possible, but not recommended.

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Setting Up Your Artboards & Layers

When starting out open your software (in my case – adobe illustrator) and name your file. You will then want to create 20 art boards all 4 in x 7 in. This is the size that I use. You will want to check the dimensions of the yardage book cover you have and make sure that this size works. If not adjust the art boards to the size that will work for you.

When you are done setting up your art boards you will want to then create 20 layers or one layer for each page of your yardage book.

When you have each layer – add a logo to the front page and then start adding in your basic details for each hole. These details include:

  • Hole number
  • Par # 
  • Hole number
  • Basic yardages

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Configure Google Earth Pro

Open Google Earth Pro. Before you start taking photos of the holes, you will need to adjust some settings to make it easier on you.

Go to the top navigation bar and click on Tools. From tools click “Options”.

Go to the “Navigation” tab in Google Earth Options and then click “Do not automatically tilt while zooming”. This will save you a lot of heartache. 

Take Photos Of All Golf Holes

Now that you have your setting configured. You can then search for your course and go to hole 1. In the top right corner, click on the down arrow below the eyeball to make sure that your camera is not tilted at all.

You can view the hole however it looks best to you, I put the tee box at the bottom of my screen and the green at the top. Take a screenshot using the print screen button on your computer or a screenshot application that you have downloaded on your computer.

You will want to include a few surrounding features such as the cart path, trees, bunkers and water. Be sure to have a few features that you can add to each hole. This will make adding yardages easier.

Save the photo under a filename that will make sense to you.

How To Set Up Each Hole On The Art Board

Now that you have each hole saved as an image. Load each photo into their own layers. Size them to each art board. When you have the hole sized to the art board, go into the layer of the art board and LOCK the photo. Click the space to the right of the eye on the art board and a padlock should appear. See the example provided. This will allow you to sketch over the photo without it moving on you. 

Sketching Each Hole

Once you have each photo locked and the rest of the layer is unlocked you are now ready to start sketching over the hole and it’s features. In adobe – press ‘b’ to open the brush tool. Start with a tee box and sketch around the teebox. 

When you have the tee box sketched you press ‘v’ on your keyboard to open the selector tool and then right click on your outline. You should have an option to ‘join’. Click this option. You now have a solid object. 

Here is the key to making these yardage books look good:  Now that you have a solid object, press ‘b’ on your keyboard to reopen the brush tool. This time, press and hold the alt key and your brush tool should change into the smoothing tool. Smooth the edges of your tee box by holding down ‘b+alt’ and left clicking through the points that appear on your object until you are happy with how the object looks. Outline everything in the photo using this process.

When you are done, you should have something similar to the example.

Important: Make sure you make everything a joined object – excluding cart paths and streams that may run through a hole.

You may want to watch some Youtube videos on adobe if you are lost at any point.

Add Color To Golf Hole and Surroundings

After you have everything outlined, press ‘v’. Hold the shift button down and select every solid object (do not select the cart path or streams) and look to the left bar. There will be two boxes one black and one white – layered on top of each other. Then to the bottom left of those boxes, there is a duplicate set of icons. Click on the smaller icons. This should fill all of the objects on your art board with a background – while keeping the outline.

Go to the top navigation with everything selected and then remove the stroke to each object (scroll down on your mouse while the stroke is highlighted). You should see objects without outlines.

Now you can add color to these objects. At the end, you should have something similar to the example provided.

Here are the color hexcodes I use:


  • Water: #61ADB5
  • Fairways: #B7B7B7
  • Greens: #38932E
  • Bunkers: #DBD889
  • Trees: #8E8E8E
  • Tee Boxes: #515151


  • Water: #61ADB5
  • Fairways: #66B75F
  • Greens: #38932E
  • Bunkers: #DBD889
  • Trees: #32632D
  • Tee Boxes: #515151

Using Google Earth Pro To Measure Yardages

When you FINALLY have all of the holes outlined and filled in you are now ready to add in your yardages. This is going to require us going back to Google Earth Pro (GEP) and going back to hole 1. You will want to reconfigure GEP with the same settings listed above.

With Illustrator open, press the ‘t’ button to open the text tool and just type 100. To the left of that dot, press ‘L’ to open the ellipse tool and hold down shift. Make a small circle to the left of your 100 not any bigger than the text. Press ‘v’ to open the selector tool and grab both objects then right click and press “group”. This is now your “yardage dot template” that you can use for measuring and marking any distances. 

Now that you are at hole 1, click the ruler on the top bar and click the back of the tee box you are measuring. Click and drag. Do you see how the tool is measuring for you? Measure from the back of the tee box to your usual driver carry and then add in a yardage dot. Press the ‘a’ button, select ONLY the text and press ‘delete’ – now you have a marker to show you your average carry distance.

Back in Google Earth you can then start figuring out carry distances from your dot or to other objects that you have labeled (like to trees, water, sand traps). At this point you should have all of the tools that you create the yardages that you want/need.

Printing Your Yardage Book

When you have everything mapped out on your book – you are ready to print. You can contact a local printer that can print and cut everything to size for you – or you can print the book on paper yourself and cut it to size using the tools listed above. 

When you finish printing you will need to measure and cut the book to size. Be careful cutting and do not hurt yourself.

After cutting the paper, line everything up and use your stapler to staple everything down. You may want to use two or three staples to make sure the book is not going to come undone. Be sure to use plenty of force on the stapler to make sure that the staples go all the way through.

Congratulations! You are now done with your yardage book!

Other Golf Yardage Book Questions

Do All Golf Courses Have Yardage Books?

No not all golf courses have yardage books. Most prestigious courses carry them. However, it never hurts to ask the club pro if they have any laying around. 

Are Yardage Books Legal?

Yes, yardage books are legal for tournament play. In fact, professional golfers are not allowed to use any rangefinders or GPS devices – they have to rely on yardage books.

Are Green Reading Books Legal?

Yes, green reading books are legal for tournament play. 

Why Should You Make a Yardage Book For Golf?

Making a yardage book can take a TON of time. I think yardage books can really help you figure out a course and how you need to naviagte certain holes. I would not suggest making a yardage book for every golf course you play – that would take forever and each book would not be 100% accurate. To be honest, your first run at a yardage book is going to have some errors somewhere. You will mess up a distance, misplace a marker, forget a tree. But you shouldn’t get discouraged. Making a yardage book is so beneficial, not only because it makes you actually sit down and look at all of the yardages, but when you are revising – you truly are studying the course and will learn how to play smarter golf. In the end, smarter golf will lead to lower scores and isn’t that what we are all after?



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Best Way To Store Golf Clubs In The Garage

What Is The Best Way To Store Golf Clubs In The Garage?

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Storing your golf clubs in a proper manner is more important than you might think. Leaving your golf clubs in your trunk all summer leaves you at risk for damaging your clubs. The main reason for this is that heat is amplified in the trunk. While your clubs aren’t going to melt in your trunk – the glue and epoxy that holds the club head onto the shaft can weaken. The glue holding the grips in place can also break down causing the grip to slide on the shaft. So if you can’t leave your golf clubs in your trunk – where is the next best place to store them?

For most, the garage is the answer! However, it may not be the answer for everyone!

Is Your Garage Temperature Controlled?

The most important question you need to answer before storing your clubs in the garage is… Is your garage temperature controlled? 

As we mentioned above, heat can damage golf clubs. While heat can damage them, severe cold can also damage golf clubs. When clubs are exposed to extreme cold temperatures they can suffer in the same manner they do from extreme heat. The epoxy is at risk and your grips can become more brittle. While lower temperatures aren’t as damaging as heat, it can still cause grips to dry out and puts your clubs at unnecessary risk.

If your garage is temperature controlled (stays between 40 – 80 degrees), you have nothing to worry about! Feel free to store them anywhere – be sure to keep them in a dry area of the garage to avoid rusting.

Long-Term Golf Club Storage In The Garage

If you live in the north, each season you probably have to go through the sad ritual of hanging up your clubs for the winter (we feel your pain). If you find yourself in this realm – you should be fine to store your clubs in the garage as long as it will stay above freezing during the winter. As mentioned above, be sure to put them in a dry area of the garage to help avoid rust.

Before you retire your golf arsenal for the season, be sure to do the following:

  • Clean your golf clubs: This is a commonly missed step for most golfers. Cleaning your golf clubs should be something you do after ever round (or every shot). However, cleaning them before hanging up your clubs for the season is more important. Leaving the dirt and other crud in the grooves can cause rust and damage to your clubs over the winter. Don’t forget to clean in the grooves and clean your grips!
  • Clean your push cart: This is something most golf push trolley owners neglect to do during the winter months. Spray off your push cart and get all of the pollen, dirt, animal poop (for us muni golfers) and any other debris from your cart. Be sure to clean out the storage compartment!
  • Clean your golf shoes: Was all of the soaked in dirt and mud from your shoes and make sure they aren’t stained for next season. Look into putting new spikes in your shoes as well!
  • Wash your golf towel: Clean it up for next season. Chances are – you haven’t washed it all season. 
  • Dry out your umbrella for a day: This is something I learned the hard way. Umbrellas need to be dried out after use, if you used your umbrella this season – open it up for one night and let everything dry out!
  • Clean out your golf bag: Finally, clean all of the crap out of your golf bag. Remove all of your receipts, sandwich bags, golf ball sleeves and anything else that is just taking up room in your bag.

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Organizing Your Golf Gear For The Winter

Organizing your golf gear for the winter can be a pretty big task. After you have followed our tips mentioned above – everything should be clean and ready to store for the winter. Remove any electronics that don’t need to be left in a colder garage all winter. This includes any GPS‘ or rangefinders you may have. 

When your golf bag is emptied out, we recommend undoing the laces on your golf shoes and storing them in the largest pocket of your golf bag. This will help keep them with your golf gear. You will then want to put on your golf bag’s rain cover and store it in a dry part of your garage. 

If you have the room and are really wanting to organize your golf gear, check out a garage golf organizer like this one. These are easy to put together and gives you a spot for your shoes, balls, towels and any other golf accessories you may have. You will never have to question where your gear is and when spring rolls around – you won’t be hunting down all of your lost gear. 

Where To Store Your Golf Clubs If You Don't Have a Temperature Controlled Garage

If you do not have a temperature controlled garage, we would suggest storing your clubs in a closet or somewhere out of the way. While this is not ideal and may make it harder to get your clubs out to practice swing in your living room (we have all done it) or practice putting in the den – your clubs will be safer and at less risk than leaving them in a hot garage or hotter trunk.



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Best Way To Organize Golf Clubs In The Bag

The Best Way To Organize Golf Clubs In Your Bag

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How do you arrange your golf clubs in your bag? Do you have a stand bag with four slots and you just throw any club in a slot? Or do you have a 14 divider bag and you know exactly where each club needs to be? Organizing your stand bag can also help cut down on bag clatter and increase the enjoyment of your round! At the end of the day you can set you bag up however you want! This post is meant for those who may want to reorganize their bag to help find clubs quicker or those who want to set up their clubs the same way pros do.

How To Organize Your Golf Clubs In Your Golf Bag

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Consider The Type Of Bag You Have

Before you start putting your clubs in various slots – think about the type of bag you have. Do you have a golf stand bag or a cart bag? All golf bags are designed different and there is no ‘standard’ for how the tops are designed. There are a few types of dividers:

  1. 4 Way Divider: Four large slots – more common in stand bags and Sunday bags.
  2. 5 Way Divider: Five large slots – more common in stand bags.
  3. 6 Way Divider: Six medium sized slots – more common in stand bags.
  4. 10 Way Divider: 10 smaller sized slots – more common in cart bags.
  5. 14 Way Divider: 14 individual slots – this type of set up is more common cart bags, however, this type of divider is offered in premium stand bags.
  6. 15 Way Divider: 15 individual slots (one specific putter slot) – only featured in cart bags. 

How Many Clubs Can You Have In Your Golf Bag?

Now that you have identified the type of bag you have (or are purchasing) you may be wondering, “How many clubs am I allowed to carry per round”?

According to the USGA, each golfer is allowed 14 clubs in their bag. This may include a driver, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and a putter. How you set up the 14 clubs in your bag is entirely up to you. In 2020 here is a common 14 club bag make up.

Driver (x1)
3 Wood (x1)
2/3 Hybrid (x1)
4 Iron – Pitching Wedge (x7)
Wedge Set (Lob wedge, Sand wedge, Gap wedge) (3x)
Putter (1x) 

Organizing Your Irons In a Stand Bag

Most golfers use stand bags that have a 4 way, 5 way, or 14 way slot setup. Organizing your clubs in your bag can really help benefit how the weight is dispersed and can help with fatigue later on in the round. 

When you are walking a round (or using a push cart), your bag is going to be put at an angle. Think about how your bag is sitting when you have it on the ground with it’s legs propped out. The bag is angling in a way that causes the clubs to sit on top of one another. Because of this there will be times where the clubs at the bottom of the bag are going to be harder to get out than the clubs at the top of the bag. 

With this in mind we will want to put the two clubs that are used most often in the round – your driver and putter. This makes it easy to pull these two clubs out without having the grips catching on its way out. It is also common to put your alignment sticks in the top and wrap a towel or two around those. If you are using a 6 way divider, you may also want to put your three wood up here.

In the middle slots you will want to put your mid to long irons and any hybrids/woods. In my bag (5 way divider), I have my 4 – 7 iron in one slot and my 3 hybrid (sometimes 3 iron or 5 wood – depending on the course) and 3 wood in the other slot.

Another way to set up these middle slots would be to put all of your irons in the middle slots, hybrids and woods in the top slot (with your driver). This is good for a 4-way divider bag.

In the bottom slot you will want to put your short irons and remaining wedges. I would avoid putting any putters without a head cover in the bottom. The bag clatter will scratch and chip up your putter!

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Organizing Your Irons In a Cart Bag

Using a cart bag will make it easy to organize your clubs as most of these bags have a 14 way divider top. Golfers that have this type of bag are going to be riding in a cart most if not all of the time. 

Setting up a bag for riding in a cart revolves around one thing: grabbing your most important clubs easily. You will want to put your putter in the slot that is easiest to access. You may want to put your driver in the front along with your putter. Setting up cart bags are really more about preference than anything. 

Most players with a cart bag put their woods and drivers in the back of the bag, irons, hybrids and driving irons in the mid sections and your putter in the front. This is just the typical set up – as we said above, this really is more about preference than anything.

Why You Should Organize Your Bag

You may not drop any shots by organizing your bag – but you also won’t gain any. You may think this could be a waste of time and you are entitled to that opinion. I will say that I have personally never watched a professional golfer (or a successful amateur) that didn’t have their bag organized in some way. You don’t have to follow our suggestion to a tee – however, we do recommend that you spend some time thinking about organizing your bag in some form. If nothing else, maybe move your putter to the top of your bag to avoid any clatter. Read more at bestgolfaccessories.net.



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[Ultimate Guide] How To Play Golf in Cold Weather (Winter Golf)

[Ultimate Guide] How To Golf in Cold Weather (Winter Golf)

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Playing Golf in The Cold is Not That Bad (I Promise).

As the temperatures start to slowly rise across the country you are going to have more chances to golf than you may think! If you are like me and your clubs have not have been used since November, you may be going crazy waiting, wanting to get them out again and go play. I have good news! If you follow this guide, you should be able to get out on the course a little faster than you thought.

Where I currently live, each week we are starting to have about one or two days with a high of 40 degrees. While this is a little abnormal for January – it did give me a chance to get out on the course and play 18 on a windy Friday afternoon. 

I was fortunate enough to receive a Clicgear Rovic Rv1s for Christmas and couldn’t take another day of it just sitting in my office. I headed out to a local course and was delighted to find that my green fees would only cost $9! I considered hitting a few shots on the driving range or on the putting green, but ultimately I just decided to get on the tee box and figure my game as I went. 

Stepping up to the first tee – I was knew that I had prepared for this and that while my swing was not going to be 100%, I did know that I would be able to get on well enough. Believe it or not a few weeks of preparation went into getting ready for the season, even if it was this early.

Pre-Course/ Preparation for Winter Golf

The first step to getting ready for the season for me was to start stretching to prepare my body for a swinging. If you have not purchased a foam roller – grab this from amazon ASAP. Stretch every day and roll your back, legs, and glutes out. Past stretching, you may want to also start going to the gym and focus on cardio. Your first round back is going to put more strain on you that you may think and getting your body use to some physical activity will help. Playing stiff is going to make it difficult to control the club when swinging and also increases the chance of injury. The day you decide to get back on the course, stretch your legs, hips, back and arms out – you will be glad you did!

What To Wear For Cold Weather Golf? - (Layer Your Clothing)

The key to playing golf in the cold or winter golf is to layer your clothing.

I’m going to say it again for those of you skimming: The key to playing golf in the cold or winter golf is to layer your clothing.

If you expect to go out and play with just a large coat you are going to be miserable. You may stay decently warm, but your swing is going to be awful and almost uncontrollable. Rather than wearing your largest coat, wear a few layers that will keep you warm while also not constraining your arms. 

Base Layer: This is a skin tight shirt that will trap the heat on your body. When you are looking for this type of shirt – look for some that have a partial turtle neck that can keep the heat from leaving your neck area. This should help keep your torso and neck warm (as a base). You can also look into buying long underwear that can also help keep your legs warm if you are especially sensitive to the cold.

Primary Layer: Your primary layer is going to be where you can “style” yourself the most. This layer should consist of a collared shirt (because we aren’t heathens), long pants (*we recommend Amazon’s golf pants, they hold heat very well for their price), and some warm socks.

Secondary Layer: Your secondary layer is going to be where you have to make decisions to optimize how warm you stay vs how free your swing is (Warmth vs Swing Freedom). For me personally, love vests. When I play, my base layer keeps my arms warm for the most part. The vest gives me enough freedom to swing freely, while still keeping my body warm overall. If you are not a fan of vest, you may want to look into a light water or wind proof jacket or a loose wind breaker. The point of this layer is to figure out what works for you. Wearing a tight sock hat will help keep you head warm. Keeping your head warm is vital to staying warm in these winter rounds.

Other Accessories: There are other accessories that you may want to look in to. Hand warmers can help keep your hands warm between shots. Winter golf gloves can also help with the wind. One of our favorite accessories is the Clicgear pushcart mitts – these lock onto your push cart and keep your hands warm between shots.

Walk Instead of Ride

I can not recommend this enough for winter golf. As you walk your body heat is going to rise. You will be warmer if you walk. Renting or investing in a quality push cart can also help keep the strain off of your back. This may sound somewhat crazy to new golfers who only like to ride – but, some golf coaches theorize that you play better when you walk. It allows you to have more time to think about your shots, study the landscape and will help you judge distances better. Most courses do not allow carts on the fairways during the winter to avoid any damage to the grass. Walking will most likely speed up your round as you will be able to walk directly to your ball on each shot, rather than having to walk to and from the cart that is on the cart path.

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Keep Your Hands Warm

Nothing will ruin your round more than frozen hands. Stop by the pro shop and grab some hot hands before your round if it feels especially cold that day. This was mentioned above, however, if you are walking – you may want to look into a pair of the Clicgear pushcart mitts – they are a game changer. Keeping your hands warm will help you keep better control over the club during your swing.

Use Golf Balls With Bright Colors

As someone who has awful eyes – I play colored balls year round. However, I have always found a stigma against playing a highlighter yellow golf ball. I can understand it is not as pleasant to look at as a white golf ball, however, they really are helpful when tracking. If you are playing late fall/early winter golf – this tip may be more helpful than you think. If I had a dollar for ever ball I lost under a leaf in November, I could probably buy a box of Pro V’s. In cold weather golf, you are playing against the course in much harsher conditions. Don’t let your scores suffer because you don’t want to play a yellow ball on a cloudy day. Another tip is to use softer compression balls to help get as much distance as you can out of your shot.

Myth: Keeping Your Golf Balls Warm Will Help In Cold Weather Golf

This may sound dumb (because it is), but there are some that believe if you are able to warm you golf ball between shots – you will play better. In theory this is true, however, when you are playing on the course – it just doesn’t play out. Personally, I avoid touching the golf ball between holes. I always put it in my push cart. It is cold enough, I don’t need a small ice pack making my hands colder.

Adjust Your Expectations About Cold Weather Golf

When you get out to play in the cold, make sure you are prepared to play a different style of golf. One important thing to know about golfing in the cold, your golf ball will not travel as far. The air is more dense in colder temperatures. You will need to club up! This fact paired with clothing that restricts your back swing and you may be looking at an entire club difference in your shots. Don’t be scared to grab another club or two when you are first out there – it may feel wrong, but the distance will be just right.

Golfing in the winter also warrent’s a few different rules that you can abide by. Personally, I do not count these rounds into my handicap – so, I don’t feel bad about adjusting a few rules. My buddies and I all agree on these:

  1. Lift, clean and place: Chances are the course you are playing on may not be in the best condition. If your ball winds up with a bunch of mud – feel free to mark it, clean and replace the ball on any shot.
  2. Play the ball up: If your ball ends up on a patch of dirt, feel free to move it onto a patch of grass. 
  3. Play from different tees: When I am playing in sub 50 degree weather – I always vary the tees I play. If you normally play the blue tees, play half of the holes from the next tees up. Remember the idea is to enjoy your round.

When Is It Too Cold To Play Golf?

While all of these tips may help you stay warmer or help your expectations for winter golf – they are not guaranteed to give you a fun, enjoyable round of golf. Some golfers subscribe to the “50 degree theory” – where they only will get out on the course if it is above 50 degrees. While some may hold their nose to this idea, it really has some validity. If you go out to golf in 42 degrees and freeze, you may walk away from the course discouraged and frustrated that your spent the time and money to golf. I encourage each golfer to have a cut off point or cut off temperature that you abide by. For me, I will go out on the course if the temperatures are above 40 degrees. I am able to get out and enjoy my time as well as stay warm enough to not freeze.



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