Now that fall and cooler weather is upon us we all know that we need to layer up, pull out the toques and cart mitts and maybe switch from barley drinks to fireball infused coffees. We should also know that we tend to limit the size of our backswings when we layer up , that the shafts in our clubs tend to play like a stiffer flex when they get cold, and that the colder it gets the denser the air becomes… all adding up to losing a noticeable amount of distance on your shots. One of the easiest ways to combat losing distance in colder weather is to play a softer compression golf ball…much simpler and more practical than re-shafting your clubs. There isn’t much we can do about the colder and heavier air affecting how far the ball will go, but a softer ball will be easier to compress when it gets cold and help maximize the transfer of energy through impact. With the wide variety of custom fit golf balls now available on the market it should be easy to find a ‘softer’ ball than what you would normally play in the summer temperatures to help you maximize your distances in the colder conditions. The softer ball is also a lot easier on your cold hands when you hit a less than perfect shot. Now that you have a softer ball to play, it is also a good idea to keep your golf balls stored at room temperature instead of frozen in the garage or the trunk of the car before you hit the links. Lastly, let me point out that I highly recommend a ‘colored’ softer ball when playing in the snow… the white ones are just too hard to find!
Play well, Dave Lengyel