With the evenings getting shorter and colder conditions on the way, now is the perfect time to start thinking about preparing yourself – and your golf gear – for winter.
It’s important to plan for every scenario, and every weather condition. At all times of the year preparation is essential, but probably more so in the autumn and winter months.
Conditions can change so quickly, the temperature can drop, and anything can happen – so you must go out on the course covering all eventualities.
My winter checklist includes spare gloves, in case my regular one gets wet; waterproof gloves; winter mitts; waterproof leggings and top; a bobble hat; a spare towel, to keep my grips dry; an umbrella; sunblock (well, you never know!); a spare top, in case the temperature drops, and, of course, good waterproof shoes.
I always take food and drink as it’s important to keep your energy levels up. Years ago, I played at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in late September and the weather suddenly became really hot, so I ran out of water before I finished.
This affected my performance and by the finish, I was definitely a dehydrated.
It’s also important to check the quality of your grips for the winter season. If they’re becoming a little shiny or hard and feel slippery, then it’s time to get down to your local pro shop to get new grips fitted. This will make a massive difference to your game over the coming months.
Once you feel you have and have every eventuality covered, you can go out and enjoy your game – knowing that whatever is thrown at you, you’re covered.
All you need to do now is master your golf game in that cold and howling easterly wind, with the rain hammering down…