12 Golf Essentials for Fall’s Chilly Weather
Fall is often regarded by golfers as the most beautiful season when it comes to playing on the course. The colours of the leaves on the ground and in the trees create a special atmosphere. But for all its beauty, Fall golf can also bring challenges. This one will help you prepare for them by showing you which products are a must-have when it comes to Fall golf.
For all the beauty it offers to the eyes, fall golf can often become a physical challenge for many. Wet grass, puddles, wind, cold temperature, fog, hail, and rain are commonplace when you play golf in the fall. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with these circumstances, thus making your fall golf experience that much better.
This golfer’s essentials guide for the Fall will cover:
- What type of weather you can expect when playing golf in the Fall
- How to deal with these different weather conditions on the course
- The different essentials that will help you get the best out of the weather conditions
Additionally, you’ll also find a checklist (which you can save on your phone or your computer) including all the essentials you should have with you when playing golf in the fall.
What is the typical weather when you golf in the Fall?
When you play golf in the Fall, you can expect typical fall weather, which includes rain, puddles, fog, damp grass, puddles, colourful fallen leaves, and high winds. Though you may not face all these conditions at the same time, you still need to be ready for any circumstances.
How to deal with rainfall on a golf course?
Your best bet will be to break out your umbrella when playing golf on a rainy day. The umbrella will not only shelter you from the rain, but it will also provide a cover for your clubs and the contents of your bag. Simply place the umbrella in your bag as you would with one of your clubs and let it rest in there.
This way, you’ll avoid your clubs from getting too wet which will also help prevent a build-up of rust on the club head or the shafts as well as protect your grips as much as possible by keeping the bottom of your bag dry.
Protecting your grips is always crucial, and it can become a tedious task at times when you’re on the course. You can wipe your clubs’ grip before and after every stroke with a golf towel, which should help a lot.
The solution used by most golfers when playing in the rain is to turn to rain gloves. These gloves are usually sold in pairs as you’re expected to wear a glove in each hand so that you can maximize your hold on the grip of the club. It’s not a must, but if you tend to have moist hands, this will be a lifesaver.
How to deal with damp grass and puddles on a golf course?
When playing golf on a rainy day, or the morning after a night of rain, waterproof shoes are a must. Ask any experienced golfer and they’ll tell you that the worst feeling in golf is playing with damp feet.
Aside from wearing waterproof shoes, we also strongly recommended bringing a second pair of socks, or even shoes if you have more than one pair. This way, you can swap your socks, and perhaps even shoes, after the first nine so that you can take on the second nine in comfort.
If you’re willing to try anything to keep your feet dry on the golf course, you can try to fit plastic bags over your socks. The bag will protect your feet from any leaks. Keep in mind that this may bring some discomfort, but the upside is that your feet won’t be wet.
All there is left for you to do is decided whether you prefer to use spiked or spikeless golf shoes. Spiked golf shoes will provide more traction to the ground through your swing and they more than often be waterproof. If you prefer comfort, a pair of waterproof spikeless shoes will be great for you.
How to deal with fallen leaves on the golf course?
Fallen leaves can become problematic on the golf course as your ball can often end up hidden under or amongst the packs of leaves. Using brightly colored golf balls will allow you to find your golf ball faster when you’re looking amongst the leaves.
Leaves that are already on the ground won’t cause you too much trouble aside from swallowing your golf ball from time to time. However, keep in mind that if your ball is resting on a pile of leaves, the spin levels of your golf ball will be much lower.
How to deal with high winds on a golf course?
Layers! The more layers, the better when you’re playing on a cold and windy day. Many will be able to bare colder temperatures, but the freezing Autumn wind is dreaded by golfers everywhere. Not only does it affect the performance of the ball, but it will likely hinder your physical abilities as well.
Additionally, by using layers, you allow yourself to shed some of them as the temperatures change on the golf course. Starting a round early in the morning will require extra layers to handle the colder temperature, but you’ll want to be able to take them off when the sun begins to shine.
North American golfers will often have to deal with temperatures nearing the point of freezing, especially in the Fall and the Winter. In these conditions, you should consider throwing an underlayer that allows you to preserve your heat. Toss a toque on top of your head and you’ve got the look!
What essential accessories do you need to carry in your golf bag in the Fall?
When playing golf in the Fall, you need to make sure that you have a few extra layers of clothes, windbreakers, a waterproofed jacket, an umbrella, rain gloves, waterproof golf shoes, and an extra pair of socks. These items are added to the list of essentials that every golfer should have with them.
Must-have essentials for golfers playing in the Fall:
- An umbrella
- Waterproof golf shoes
- Extra pair of socks
- Rain gloves
- Water-repellant apparel
- Coloured golf balls
Useful essentials that will help in the Fall, but are not necessarily a must-have:
- A pair of mittens
- A gaiter or a neck warmer
- Hand warming pouches
- A toque
- Another pair of waterproof shoes, for the back-nine
A checklist for all your Fall essentials on the golf course
The checklist is designed to help golfers to avoid forgetting any essentials when they’re heading out to play a golf round in the Fall. This checklist can be saved right in your phone pictures or as a screenshot.
How to save a checklist on your phone:
- First, hold your finger down over the checklist displayed on the web page;
- Second, once the options menu pop-ups on your screen, simply press on “Add to photos”;
- Once the checklist is saved on your phone, make sure to add it to your favorites so you always have it handy;
- Finally, you can also grab a screenshot of the checklist. The visual quality won’t be as good on every phone, but this technique will work on any mobile device.
Hopefully, this guide helps you take on your golf rounds in the Fall with more confidence and alleviates any sense of trouble as you’ll be ready for any conditions.
Now that you’re ready to take on Fall golf with all the right essentials, make sure you pack your golfers’ essentials accessories that you should have in your bag all year round, regardless of season and weather. Finally, don’t forget to look up how to dress for golf in the Fall, or any other season.
Until next time,
The Golf Avenue team