How To Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat: 6 Ways to Stay Cool on a Hot Golf Course

Jun 23, 2023

Few golf fanatics on the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Delaware could think of a better way to spend a summer day than on one of the many beautiful golf courses our region boasts. Whether you are perfecting your swing on the driving range or playing a round with friends, here are some ways to keep you cool on the course while temperatures rise during the summer months.

1. Bring a water bottle and drink it often

While out in the hot sun, your body is constantly sweating in an effort to cool you down. As our bodies are losing fluids, it is important to replace them to avoid dehydration. An insulated cup is a great way to keep your ice water cold while you are out on the course. Freezing a plastic water bottle the night before is another good option. Make sure you are drinking often; waiting until you are thirsty is an early sign of dehydration. A good rule of thumb is to take a sip after every swing.

2. Bring a personal body fan

Compact, battery powered fans are another necessity on a hot summer day. Many come with clamps that can be easily attached to any surface; others are smaller and can be worn around the neck. You may consider one that comes with a mister for an extra blast of refreshment.

3. Dress appropriately

Light colored clothing with moisture-wicking properties is ideal when golfing on a hot summer day. Dark colors will absorb more sunlight and increase your body temperature, causing you to sweat more and lose body fluids at a faster rate. Wearing a hat or visor is also recommended.


4. Use sunscreen

While sunscreen won’t keep you cool, it will protect your skin from damaging burns. Sunburns, while painful, also retain and radiate heat. Sports sunscreens are specially formulated to withstand sweat. Consider keeping extra sunscreen in your bag as you may have the need to reapply during the day.

5. Play an early tee time

This one is pretty simple; take advantage of an early tee time before the sun is high in the sky. You will enjoy the cooler morning temperatures and avoid the scorching heat of the late afternoon.


6. Recover with electrolytes

While we sweat, we are losing electrolytes along with body fluid. Electrolytes are essential for our basic cellular functions, and replacing electrolytes can help avoid unpleasant side effects like muscle cramps. There are many different options on the market, from sports drinks to powders you can add to water, to electrolyte gel packs popular with athletes like long distance runners. Find the right option for you in your local grocery store aisle, online, or at any outdoor store. We love LMNT and use their electrolyte packets ourselves, stop by and try one out next time you see us!

While we can’t guarantee that following these tips will improve your handicap, they will help you safely enjoy golf through the summer months!

Thanks for reading!
-Empower U PT & Performance Team

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