Everything You Need to Know About Fall Golfing
Ball selection is key
Temperature can certainly affect your golf ball. The colder it gets, the less feel you have. By playing with a softer ball, you can retain some of the feel that you are used to around the greens. You might not hit the ball as far as normal (see below), but you might score by retaining your touch and feel.
Check course conditions
During the fall you are more likely to find harder green conditions than in the summer. This means only one thing lots of speed and rolling on the green. Make sure to take a walk to the practice green and get a feel for green. There is also the possibility of wetter conditions because during the fall we can get heavy rains from time to time.
Watch for course debris
Fall is well, fall, and this means wind, and lots of leaves falling and pine needles flying about. Sure, golf courses do a great job at keeping the courses clear, however, you can't control mother nature. Take extra care to plan your shot, and recon the green particularly when putting. You'll find a lot more obstructions during fall then during your normal summer play.
Walk the course
If you are able fall is the best time to walk the course. Walking the course is not only good for you, but it will also help you stay warm on chillier days. Staying warm means your muscles will be more relaxed. More relaxed muscles mean better swings and more accurate puts.
Dress in layers
Fall conditions can change rapidly. Mostly with the wind and air temperature. This is a good time to wear layers. Layers allow you to adjust on the go to the temperatures. I like to always have a light windbreaker and sweatshirt in my bag during the fall season.
You aren't Tin Cup, you just might need more than a 7 iron to get around the course. This is particularly true during the mornings and late in the season as you come across cooler temperatures.
Cold temps equal less distance on your shots, so when in doubt club up one club. This is particularly important on approach shots.
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