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Autumn Golf: What you need to enjoy golf in the fall

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I don’t want to be a noise killer, but on Thursday, September 22 at exactly 9:07 pm ET, summer in the United States will end and fall will begin. I still have tomatoes ripening in my garden, but the days here in New England are noticeably shorter now and the evenings are getting cooler. I look forward to the leaves turning red, yellow and orange, but I’m afraid of the rake blisters that will accumulate in the backyard.

While I look forward to my first rounds of golf every spring, autumn is my favorite time of the year to play. After almost a full season of play, my game is as sharp as it gets, and walking the track on a clear 60-degree day is better than battling heat and humidity. However, autumn go usually means playing in milder conditions, dealing with mud and morning dew, as well as cooler temperatures and occasional fog. So, here are a few things that I will definitely do before heading to the course in October and November.

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Replace your spikes

Scorpion Champion Stinger
Scorpion Champion Stinger
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Champ Scorpion Stinger Golf Boot. (Champion Sport)

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Professional PGA Tour and LPGA players change the cleats in their shoes every few weeks, but weekend players almost never do. In the fall, when the lawn is soft and wet, you need extra traction, so check what type of stud is right for your shoes and make sure the studs are in good condition. If that’s not the case, Softspike’s Scorpion Stinger is a good choice at $17.99 a pack. In a few minutes, you will have traction with your new shoes.

Bring a windproof top

Peter Millar
Peter Millar

Peter Millar Hyperlight Merge Hybrid Jacket. (Peter Millar)

Often on cold mornings, the air temperature isn’t all that bad, but what makes you feel cold is the wind, so wearing a windproof or windproof top can provide you with amazing comfort. The Peter Millar Hyperlight Merge Hybrid Jacket ($198) blocks out wind and provides some insulation, but its 4-way stretch material won’t restrict your movement.

Wear waterproof shoes

Puma Ignite Articulate Golf Shoes
Puma Ignite Articulate Golf Shoes

Puma Ignite Articulate Golf Shoe (Puma)

In cool weather, water does not evaporate from the ground as quickly as on hot days, so waterproof shoes are essential for golfing in the fall. The Puma Ignite Articulate ($180) provides ample cushioning as you move your foot and comes with a one-year waterproof guarantee.

Remember the towel

Ghost golf towel
Ghost golf towel

Ghost Golf Towel (Ghost Golf)

You really should have a towel all year round to keep your clubs clean, but the soft lawn and wet sand make it a must-have in the fall. The Ghost Magnetic Towel ($40) can be attached to a golf bag, but it also has a silicone-coated magnet that lets you lift it off the ground with an iron, wedge, or club. An 18″ x 18″ microfiber towel can hold up to 400 percent of its weight in water.

Use visible golf balls

Shrikson Q-Star Tour Divide
Shrikson Q-Star Tour Divide

The Q-Star Tour Divide paint creates a 36 degree alignment line on the green. (David Dusek/Golfweek)

Crash into trees during the fall round and there’s a good chance the ball will be hidden among the leaves, so it makes sense to go for the high visibility option. There are many non-white golf balls on the market, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that’s as easy to find on the Srixon Q-Star Divide website ($34.99). This three-piece aerodynamic ball features a TPU coating to provide distance from the tee and spin around the green.

Invest in a good thermal mug

Yeti Rambler 20 oz.  travel mug
Yeti Rambler 20 oz. travel mug

Yeti Rambler 20 oz. travel mug (Yeti)

When it comes to thermal mugs, there are two types of people: people who have a good mug and people who need a good one. The 20oz ($40) Yeti Rambler Travel Mug will securely hold your large cup of coffee in your cart and keep it hot all morning.

Get a cashmere sweater

Johnnie-O Chatham Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater
Johnnie-O Chatham Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater

Johnnie-O Chatham Cashmere Crewneck (Johnnie-O)

It’s a luxury no doubt, but be aware: cashmere is eight times more insulating than regular sheep’s wool, doesn’t wrinkle, and is very light. Well-tailored cashmere sweaters like the Johnnie-O Chatham Cashmere Crewneck ($278) can also last you years and look great on and off the track.

Bring a hat

FootJoy pom-pom knitted hat
FootJoy pom-pom knitted hat

FootJoy Pompom Knitted Hat (FootJoy)

Your mom was right, covering your head with a hat like the Foot-Joy Pom Pom Solid Knit Hat ($30) keeps you warmer.

The story originally appeared on GolfWeek.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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