Golfing is a great way to have fun and relax, but it’s good to have protection against the blazing sun while playing your rounds. While sunscreen is an obvious necessity, guard your overall health if you plan to be outside all day.
Before it’s time to tee up, check to see that you have your supplies tucked away in your golf bag or cart. Here are some ideas that will make your day on the links a winner.
Use a Good Sunscreen
Sunscreen on a golf course seems like a no-brainer, but golfers often forget to have some handy when they hit the course. It’s best to keep some in your golf bag. Here are some rules of thumb about choosing a sunscreen:
- Use sunscreen lotions: Sunscreen lotions are the best option for long-lasting protection. Use at least an SPF 30+ with a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB.
- Buy water-resistant sunscreen: Spray-on sunscreens come off easily with sweat. Use a lotion that absorbs well and resists perspiration.
- Apply sunscreen liberally: Put sunscreen on before you begin to play, so you don’t forget before heading out. Make sure to reapply throughout the day.
- Squeeze out a few ounces: Apply two ounces at a time for adequate protection. Rub this in thoroughly over all the exposed areas of your body.
If possible, avoid playing in the heat of the day. If you want to use the putting greens beforehand, start early, so you can begin your round by late morning or wait until late afternoon when the sun is not as intense.
Wear Protective Eyewear
Prescription safety glasses are essential for good vision while teeing off directly into the sun. WileyX Peak polarized lenses reduce harsh glare and provide distortion-free clarity, so you always have a clear shot to the green.
Sunglasses also protect your eyes from all types of dust and debris, especially when the wind starts whipping up the sand traps. You can find the perfect pair for anyone in the family at Marvel Optics.
Always have water with you on the course. Hydration is necessary to keep the body cool and to avoid heat exhaustion. Make stops along the way to refill as needed. Keep drinks on hand with electrolytes (sodium, potassium and magnesium) to give your body a boost.
While it’s tempting to have caffeine or alcohol while playing, it’s better to avoid these types of beverages. Alcohol is a diuretic that depletes the body of water, and caffeinated drinks don’t provide adequate hydration.
While it’s understandable that you need to carry water with you, it’s equally important to pack some snacks. Keeping your energy level up gives your body the momentum to play and to defend against heat-related stress.
Protein and carbohydrates are good sustenance. For carbs, include some apples and bananas. Avoid greasy foods that can upset your system in the heat. Bring a cooler to store food and drinks so they taste refreshing.
Find Some Shade
Heat depletes the body of resources fast. Look around for shady spots to rest and take a 15-minute break a couple of times throughout your game. If shade is hard to find, buy an umbrella made for sun protection or rent a cart if you don’t typically use one. Keep your prescription safety glasses on if you are gazing out at the sunny course.
Dress for the Weather
Wear clothes that provide protective covering on hot days. Lightweight, breathable clothing keeps you cool. It is also important to avoid dark colors that absorb sunlight. If you plan to walk the course, wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
Prescription safety glasses under a hat or visor protect your face from harsh sun rays. WileyX Airrage sunglasses sport sleek styling and a removable facial cavity seal that protects you against dust, sand and sunlight.