Ready to Keep Cool?
Welcome to another installment of my 50 ROCKS: Life Lessons for Success Blog.
With so many new golfers joining my tribe, I’m happy to share answers to their important questions. Let’s shorten their learning curve when it comes to the etiquette and street-smart aspects of playing golf.
These tips to KEEP COOL apply to MORE than just golf, so check them out and let me know what other advice you can add, please!
Here’s a great question that came in from my friend @JocelynRaymond in British Columbia. She reached out, asking me how to keep cool after her exhausting attempt to play in the blazing summer heat: “I made it through 6 holes and had to make a beeline to the clubhouse because of extreme heat. Can you give any tips on staying cool on the course?”
According to the Mayo Clinic article, heat-related illness is no joke. In fact, it often start out mild and worsen if left untreated. “Under normal conditions, your skin, blood vessels and perspiration level adjust to the heat. But these natural cooling systems may fail if you’re exposed to high temperatures and humidity for too long, you sweat heavily, and you don’t drink enough fluids.” Heat illnesses include:
- Heat cramps/muscle spasms
- Heat syncope (light-headedness or fainting) and exercise-associated collapse
- Heat exhaustion may include experience nausea, vomiting, weakness, headache, fainting, sweating and cold, clammy skin. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke.
- Heatstroke (a life-threatening emergency condition that occurs when your body temperature exceeds 104 degrees F
So how do we continue to have fun and still beat the heat so we enjoy this glorious game called golf? Here are my ten tips:
- HYDRATE. HYDRATE.HYDRATE. DRINK LOTS OF WATER before, during and after the round. Bring a double-insulated cup filled with ice and keep refilling it with icy water throughout the day.
- FREEZE two disposable water bottles so they become a cooler inside your insulated golf bag (and you can drink the water on the back nine).
- CARRY A WASHCLOTH or reusable neck cooling rag in a zippy bag, wet with water and ice cubes. You can wrap these around your neck, it really helps!
- A PORTABLE SPRAY BOTTLE/FAN can offer a refreshing spritz to cool you off quickly
- AVOID ALCOHOL which can dehydrate you.
- PACK a healthy snack such as almonds, fruit, high protein bar so you can keep your energy up even if the beverage cart doesn’t show often enough
- PLAY EARLY or LATER in the day to avoid the hottest mid-day sun
- WEAR SUNSCREEN with SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 on LIPS, Face and body. Yes, lip sunburn is not fun and you want to avoid skin cancer! Reapply lip balm often, and sunscreen at the turn, as you may sweat it off.
- WEAR A WIDE-BRIM HAT and SUNGLASSES to keep the harshest sun off your face and out of your eyes. MyrtleBeachGolf.com also suggests that you “set your style to cool by wearing light-colored clothes and a breathable lightweight hat. Many golf brands offer moisture-wicking apparel that keeps you cool on the course.”
- RIDE vs WALK, and PARK/REST IN THE SHADE as you’re waiting to take your next shot. I prefer walking the course whenever possible to burn more calories. But when a course is too hilly (or it’s super hot), you may be better to ride in the golf cart: You’ll enjoy a little breeze, exert yourself a bit less and bring the “shade” along with you.
Use a sunscreen with bug spray for added protection against TICKS.
With some common sense, you can enjoy even the hottest days if you play it smart. Don’t bake in the hot sun any more than necessary. Take the proper precautions before, during and after you play to make the most of what factors you CAN control and avoid the pitfalls of those you cannot. After all, golf is a game. Why make it a gamble with your health?
Please share your tips and thoughts with my tribe, we welcome your insight.
Rock on, my friend!
ABOUT PAT ROQUE
Known as the Tony Robbins of the golf world, Pat Roque serves as a motivational speaker and success coach to help executive and entrepreneurs stop getting left behind and get in the game. For more tips on how to ROCK YOUR GOLF, join Pat’s online 90-day success system to rock your leadership on & off the golf course. Learn more at www.rockyourgolf.com