As we experience extreme heat with temps in the 90’s, everyone need to think a little safety says Zach Calhoun, Golf Pro at The Golf Club at Star Fort. Yes, golf is popular in Greenwood and one of those sports where players are exposed to heat and direct sunlight for hours at a time. Calhoun has put together a few tips that may help keep you safe while enjoying the game you love so much.
“It’s so important to just follow a few simple tips during the extreme temperatures” says Calhoun. “Some may come out to play and not realize just how hot they can get while playing. No golf pro wants to see any players get in trouble with the heat”.
With that said here are several tips Calhoun suggest to beat the heat:
Drink water! If you going to play in the extreme heat, please make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after playing. Water is much better than sodas and even beer. It’s also a good idea to add in a sports drink for the electrolytes.
Sunscreen! Please use a little sunscreen while playing, especially on the neck, face and arms. Sunscreen not only helps prevent sunburn but it also helps prevent any future skin issues.
Proper Clothing! Most golfers prefer the breathable attire and it really helps. Plus wear a hat and sunglasses while out on the course.
Time of Day! If possible you can schedule your tee time earlier or later in the day during cooler temperatures. As many think this way it’s important to schedule days ahead to get the best tee times possible.
Pay Attention! I always suggest to play with a partner during the extreme heat. Sometimes it’s your partner that may notice you getting in trouble with the heat first. Heat strokes are serious! Some signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion are headache, weakness, muscle cramps, lack of sweating and a rapid heartbeat.
Communication! Make sure you have a charged cell phone at all times. It may not be you who gets in trouble with the heat but you may find someone out on the course who is in trouble and you need to be able to call 911.
Hopefully these tips by Calhoun will be helpful during the extreme temperature days. And remember these tips can help in whatever sports you are playing in the heat.