It’s getting hot out there junior golfers! As the dog days of summer drag on, it’s highly important to mind the sun when you’re out on the course. Long hours can do a number on the body, even if you feel fine.
With how hot it gets during the day, you might think the best way to deal with the heat is to stay inside and sit directly under the air conditioner. No way! With our tips, you can play to your heart’s content while staying smart about hot weather.
This is the No. 1 thing you can do to battle the heat like a Spartan charging into battle. Water is your best friend when you’re out on the green. Don’t rely only on sugary sports drinks and don’t even consider packing one of those who-knows-what’s-in-it energy drinks. Always pack up a water bottle and keep it refilled throughout the day. As an athlete, you need to drink more than the recommended daily intake. Shoot for one to two liters more, especially since you’ll be outside sweating (you lose more liquid this way). Drink a liter 90 minutes before you play to keep your muscles well lubricated and your brain sharp.
Wear the right clothing
The sun is no joke and will take any opportunity to shine rays of brazen heat upon your soft, sensitive skin. Fight back by dressing smart. We don’t mean smart as in a nicely pressed polo and khakis. We mean smart clothing that combats the sun. Go for ventilated, light and dry clothing made for athletes, such as Under Armour. Stick with light colors, as they don’t absorb as much heat as dark colors. Wear a hat to keep your face well-shaded. Last, but not least- don’t forget sunscreen. Use 30 to 50 SPF and make sure to apply it every couple of hours.
Whenever possible, scout out the shaded areas of the course and make sure to catch a break every time you can. Standing under the heat will drain your energy and leave you completely exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. If you feel dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous at any time while playing, definitely take a hiatus and find some shade to sit and relax in. Sip water and rest until your body cools down. You don’t want to mess with heat stroke or dehydration, so listen to your body and get out of the heat when you’re not feeling well.