Keep It Cool: Tips for Beating the Heat on the Golf Course

Keep It Cool: Tips for Beating the Heat on the Golf Course

With summer comes scorching hot temperatures and the extreme heat can make trips to the golf course a real nightmare. You might be able to last an hour-or-so unscathed, but before long, the summer heat will creep up on you and leave you sunburned, sweating buckets, and on the verge of collapse.

One solution is to steer clear of the course until autumn rolls around, bringing cooler temperatures and even cooler breezes with it. But if you're an avid golf player, waiting months to play your next round of golf isn't an option. What should you do, then? Here are some tips for beating the heat on the golf course so you can keep cool despite the blazing, merciless sun overhead.

Bring a Drink

The heat can be bearable so long as you have something to drink on hand. No, not beer. Alcohol raises core body temperature instead of lowering it. We’re talking about a bottle filled to the brim with water.

Water is the best drink to keep on hand because it does an excellent job at absorbing and transferring heat. It also has a high heat capacity, which means it can absorb a lot of heat before its temperature raises. Have you seen how long it takes to boil a pot of the stuff? Water is also the main ingredient in sweat and water vapor, which are the body's go-to methods of expelling heat. Chugging some water or another cold drink when you're feeling hot will help your body stabilize its temperature and divert excess heat away from itself.

Wear Sunscreen

The next tip for beating the heat on the golf course is to slather yourself in sunscreen. Sunscreen won't stop you from feeling hot. It will, however, keep the sun's rays from burning you to a crisp.

Sunburns are painful and take a long time to heal. And conventional methods for easing the pain of sunburns aren't the most fun. Even if you adore mayonnaise and yogurt, lounging in a tub of them for hours on end is decidedly less pleasant than eating them. Make sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to heading outside. You should also reapply your sunscreen every two hours to ensure maximum protection from the sun.

Keep Cool With Cool Clothing

The Weather Channel said today’s temperatures would be mild. Why are you still so hot, then? It might be because you're wearing an overcoat, sweater, trousers, long socks, and fur-lined boots in the middle of July.

The clothing you wear can have a huge impact on how badly you're affected by the outdoor temperature. When the weather is hot, look through your wardrobe for breathable clothes that wick. And don't forget the brimmed hat to keep the sun off your head and face.

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