FALLING FOR GOLF
STILL LOTS OF TIME TO TEE IT UP
Believe it or not, fall is an excellent time to hit the links and play some golf. With the summer heat behind us, and our game in playoff condition, these are the rounds where we can truly enjoy the game. Fall also brings some unique challenges, with it's cooler mornings and late-season course conditions. And then there is the always unpredictable fifth player in our game - Mother Nature. But while many of the fair-weather duffers have already put away the clubs for another year, the really passionate golfer will also use the peaceful calm of the autumn morning to work out those little flaws uncovered over the summer. Be it the short game, some new clubs acquired in a late season sale, or even playing while wearing climate-appropriate clothing, fall golf is an excellent time to be out on the fairways.
When the air turns cool in the fall, the ball won't travel as far, so you should choose more club to make up the distance. For example, if you normally hit a 7-iron about 160 yards from the fairway, you just might have to use a 5-iron (or even a 4-iron) to get on the green.
Good chipping and putting can make up for mistakes in colder conditions, but you must have good feel, and this means keeping your hands warm. Choose a softer compression golf ball. This will help you keep a sense of feel around the greens and elsewhere.
When the rain falls, keeping your clubs and grips dry is critical. Take the time to place a cover or towel over the opening of the bag. If you have an umbrella, hang a couple of dry towels on the spokes.
Invest in some high-quality rain gear. There are many new, high- tech fabrics that really work, keeping you dry without causing you to sweat or get soaked from the inside out.
Remember, the ball won't travel as far in the rain and the ground will be wet, decreasing roll.
During the fall you can take advantage of a great fitness aspect to golf by burning an extra 600-1000 calories by walking the course while you're playing (and also improving your cardio function). Not to mention that walking allows you more opportunity to enjoy the wonderful scenery.
Dressing in layers is the best solution for fall's unpredictable weather. It is always a good idea to have the option of taking clothes off, or putting more clothes on, while still dressing fashionably on the links.
Here's a little secret to improving your score in the fall: keep your clubs clean. Take 15 minutes and wash your clubs before playing. You might be surprised to see a five-shot improvement in your score.
Many courses offer discounts on memberships for next year. It's a great time to secure your spot on the tee next season.