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Braving the elements, the importance of wearing layers out on the golf course

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An important element to playing golf is wearing the correct attire. The weather is unpredictable and during the summer months you may feel wearing a polo shirt is OK but how many times have you been caught out during a round by a downpour? Similarly, during the colder months you may get warm due to your body temperatures rising through effort or the sun making an appearance.
In this post we will be discussing a clothing layer system and giving some Golftalk recommendations of golf wear that may work for you.

The average round of golf can be 4-5 hours long and the weather can change dramatically during this time, therefore to help give optimum performance a multi-layer system is needed – these being the base layer, warm layer and the top layer, to ensure you are dry and comfortable with the flexibility to swing the club.

The base layers are manufactured using lycra blends which allows the skin to breathe and wicks the sweat away from the body keeping you dry, they are worn under a shirt and allow your muscles to remain warm from the first shot.

The middle layer is usually polo shirts and sweaters, which should be kept light and flexible so they do not disrupt your game but allow the freedom of movement, there is no point wearing a very heavy jumper in the winter when you cannot play properly within it, it would be best to look at other light layers you could wear instead, for example, base layer, t-shirt, polo shirt and then a light sweater – all to be taken off or added as required.

Finally, the top layer is waterproofs – which are nowadays made from light weight Gore-tex materials which again allow the flow of air under them which means you do not sweat and feel uncomfortable during your game. The waterproofs can be an all in one suit or trousers and jacket, which can be easily removed for comfort. You will normally find these pieces of clothing very light and can be folded quite small which allows them to be stored within the pockets of your golf bag ready for use when needed but will not add a lot of weight to be carried.

There are many manufacturers of these types of clothing however, it is important to check the materials before the purchase the items. Some waterproofs are only showerproof which can be a bit of a shock when the rain starts!

Also, some of the materials within the base layers may be made of materials which are not so effective in allowing the skin to breathe and can hold the sweat which can allow you to feel cold and wet – not good when the winds blowing.

It may seem expensive buying the better quality products but they are usually longer lasting and more effective, allowing you to have a more enjoyable round of golf.

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Three essential tips to playing golf in the rain

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IGolfer on a Rainy Day Swigning in the Fairwayf you are going to play golf then you need to accept that on some occasions you will need to play in the rain. Many golfers see this as an impossible challenge and their golf game just falls apart when the rain starts to fall.

In this article we will give you 3 essential tips to playing well in the rain an shooting your best score in these challenging course conditions.

Firstly I want to ensure that you have the correct attire. The advancements in golf clothing over recent years has been phenomenal with the addition of Gor-tex. This is a waterproof and breathable material that will allow you to swing the club and keep dry. Invest in a good set of waterproofs and keep them in your golf bag. Here’s a jacket that we have tried and loved Gore-Tex Waterproof Golf Jacket . Also ensure you have a couple of golf towels with you. One to keep in your golf bag and one to keep on the inside of your umbrella. This will help keep you golf club grips and hands dry. A final point on trying to keep dry golf. Golf can be an expensive hobby and your waterproof kit is definitely not the area to buy cheap. Our recommendation is to buy the best you can afford.

Secondly to play your best in the rain you will need to club up. The ball will not travel as far in the rain and if the ground is soft and wet the ball will not roll as much either. Start by just taking one club more and asses the next five shots. If you are still finding yourself short of your intended distances then club up again.

Our third essential tip to playing well in the rain is to set yourself a target score for your round and be realistic. If you have watched any professional golf in bad weather the standard scratch for the day will increase. The pro’s know and accept this. They keep calm when they miss a putt or don’t hit the drive they want. Keeping your head will definitely help you keep your score together and enjoy your round of golf. Remember that your playing competitors are also facing the same conditions as you.

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