Cold weather’s on the way: Are you ready?
If you’re planning on playing golf in the coming months and know that you’ll be dealing with some cold conditions, one thing’s for certain; you’re not going to have any fun or much success if you can’t stay warm. Proper winter apparel is simply a must for playing golf on those frigid days. So whether you’re in the market for new apparel for yourself or you’re looking for a gift for a loved one, this list would be a great starting point in terms of a winter golf wardrobe upgrade.
Nike Therma-FIT 1/2-Zip Cover-Up: Layering properly in cold conditions is imperative and where the NIKE Therma-FIT 1/2-Zip Cover-Up excels is in its ability to easily be taken on or off as needed. Of note, the Therma-FIT fleece construction traps warmth for comfort on cold days, and the 1/2-Zip allows for easy adjustment. The NIKE Therma-FIT 1/2-Zip Cover-Up is available in men’s sizes ranging from small to 3XL, and it comes in more than a dozen different colors.
adidas climawarm Textured Dot 1/2 Zip Pullover Climawarm technology delivers the ultimate warmth on the coldest of days, and the 1/2-Zip design of this pullover also makes it easy to take on or off as you layer for the weather throughout your round. The adidas Climawarm 1/2-Zip Pullover is constructed using 87 percent polyester and 13 percent elastane, and it’s available in men’s sizes from small to 2XL. The available colors are black, blue, cardinal, and stone.
FootJoy Performance 1/2 Zip Pullover: Utilizing a performance fabric that’s designed for comfort and maximum range of motion during the golf swing, the Performance 1/2-Zip Pullover is one of FootJoy’s most popular outerwear offerings. A rib knit bottom hem and sleeve cuffs enhance comfort, while the 1/2-Zip design makes this pullover easily adjustable. Available colors include black, blue, green, navy, red, and white, and men’s sizes range from medium to 2XL.
adidas climaheat Fleece 1/4 Zip Vest: The Climaheat Fleece 1/4-Zip Vest creates a perfect combination of warmth and range of motion for golfers playing in cold conditions. The soft, flexible material makes it easy to swing, while the Climaheat fabric holds warmth against the body. Additionally, the 1/4-Zip design adjusts easily and is perfectly suited for layering. Available colors include black, green, and grey, and men’s sizes are offered ranging from small to 3XL
Under Armour Storm Groove Hybrid Jacket: Comfort is king when it comes to the Storm Groove Hybrid Jacket, which features a fuller cut to improve range of motion and hollow fiber side panels that will stretch during the swing and retain heat. The jacket’s insulation is lightweight and breathable for added comfort but it will also retain heat when compressed. Men’s sizes ranging from small to 3XL are available, and the two color options are blue and charcoal.
Tehama Favorite Lined Windsweater: The Tehama Favorite Lined Windsweater provides warmth and comfort in multiple ways. Its sweater fabric is both soft and warm, its inner lining insulates against both cold and wind, and its wind-resistant construction protects against the coldest winter winds. Additionally, a stand-up collar adds protection from the elements. The Favorite Lined Windsweater is available in black, charcoal, and navy, and it’s offered in men’s sizes from small to 3XL
FootJoy Performance Full Zip Mid/Base Layer Jacket: Range of motion and versatility highlight the playing advantages of the FootJoy Full Zip Layer Jacket. Its lightweight, flexible fabric make swinging easier, as does topstitching, which also enhances durability. A full zip front and inner storm flap, meanwhile, add protection against the cold and make the jacket easy to take on and off. It’s available in sizes ranging from XS to XL, and the color options offered are black, pink, turquoise, and white.
ECCO Biom G2 Gortex GTX Golf Shoes: Winter golf often comes with wet, muddy turf conditions, and Biom G2 GTX shoes offer the ultimate in waterproof protection. Gore-TEX construction and a three-year waterproof guarantee ensure dry, warm feet, while the insole and midsole were designed to prevent slipping and improve stability, respectively. Biom G2 GTX golf shoes also feature premium Yak leather uppers for comfort and style, and they’re available in charcoal and black/red.
adidas climaheat boa Golf Shoes: Keeping a golfer’s feet warm and dry is the ultimate goal of the climaheat Boa golf shoe. climaheat lining in the collar area delivers added warmth, while a lightweight microfiber upper creates comfort and protection, including a two-year waterproof guarantee. Additionally, a low-profile Stealth cleat provides maximum traction in wet conditions. climaheat Boa golf shoes are available in a black/orange color and men’s sizes ranging from 7.5 to 14.
Kentwool Tour Profile Socks: Thermoregulatory capability allows Kentwool Tour Profile socks to insulate feet for added warmth in cold weather, making them a great choice for winter golf. Additionally, their patented yarn technology provides exceptional comfort and durability, while a moisture-management system and naturally absorbent design keep feet dry and comfortable. Kentwool Tour Profile socks are available in black, cream, green, light blue, orange, and red/blue colors.
Titleist Pom Pom Winter Hat: Playing golf on a frigid day without a winter hat of some sort is going to make for a miserable experience and a brutal few hours for your ears. The Titleist Pom Pom Winter Hat has everything you need to stay both warm and look good on the golf course. It’s made of Acrylic and its one size will fit most golfers. In terms of colors, the Titleist Pom Pom is available in black, charcoal, and navy.
FootJoy WinterSof Fleece Beanie: A warm and lightweight fleece material utilized in the design of the FootJoy WinterSof Beanie effectively stores heat to keep a golfer’s head and ears warm on the coldest of days. The WinterSof Fleece Beanie comes with the FootJoy logo on the front and only in black. Additionally, the one size that it is manufactured in will work from a fit standpoint for most golfers.
NIKE Cold Weather Golf Glove: One thing that golfers typically struggle with on cold days is feel, which is most typically related to the hands and why you need to keep your hands warm when playing in the cold. NIKE Cold Weather Golf Gloves have a double layer of fleece on the back of the hand to maximize warmth and a gusseted closure system that locks in warmth. They are available in sizes ranging from small to extra large and offered in a black/grey color combination.
FootJoy WinterSof Golf Gloves: Maintaining warmth and encouraging a stable grip are what highlight the performance features of FootJoy WinterSof Golf Gloves. The combination of Weather-Shield foam fleece on the back of the glove and extended knit cuffs retain heat and resist cold, while a water-resistant, autosuede knit palm ensures a secure grip during the swing. FootJoy WinterSof Golf Gloves come in black and are available in sizes ranging from small to 2XL.
Low Compression Golf Balls
Everyone’s been there … playing golf on a cold day and mis-hitting a shot. When it happens, the golf ball can feel like a brick and leave your hands stinging.
The reason for that uncomfortable sensation is that as the temperature drops a golf ball won’t retain all of its resiliency, meaning it’s tougher to compress and feels harder coming off the clubface.
“Srixon has actually accumulated a great deal of data on golf ball performance in various conditions, including different climates and temperatures,” said Jacob Lambeth, Srixon Research Engineer. “For example, the smash factor for a driver can vary by about 0.03 across 60 degrees of temperature change.”
“In plain English, that means an average golfer might see as much as a three MPH difference in ball speed (off the driver) depending on whether they play on a hot summer day or a cold, wintry morning.”
Based on what Lambeth explained about how a golf ball functions in cold weather, there are many that advocate the use of low-compression golf balls on cold days to get more distance and improved feel, and it’s a common strategy among players of all-ability levels.
Incredibly soft cores being used in the two-piece construction of most low-compression golf balls enable low spin rates for added distance coupled with amazingly soft feel. That combination is precisely what will improve the winter golf experiences of many players, and better yet, the golf balls that fall into that category are typically found at a lower price point.
If giving a low-compression golf ball a try this winter is something you’re considering, here are five great options that warrant serious consideration:
Titleist DT TruSoft Golf Balls: The DT TruSoft features the softest core, softest cover, and softest compression feel of any ball in Titleist’s comprehensive lineup. From a playability standpoint, it features low spin rates on full shots for optimal distance, especially off the tee, and its soft feel enhances short game and putting performance. Additionally, the TruSoft’s dimple design helps provide added distance while enabling a consistent ball flight, and it’s available in both white and yellow colors.
Srixon Soft Feel Golf Balls: Soft Feel golf balls have been a huge success for Srixon for years now, and the company just released the 10th generation of the Soft Feel and fifth generation of the ladies Soft Feel. Now at just 60 compression, this is the softest golf ball that Srixon has ever made, and its two-piece construction enables long and accurate drives, as well as maximum distance on full shots played with irons. Soft Feel balls are available in white and yellow, and the ladies version is available in white and passion pink.
Callaway 2015 Supersoft Golf Balls: With a compression rating of just 35, the Supersoft is not only the softest ball in the Callaway lineup, it’s also far and away the softest ball Callaway has ever made. The Supersoft’s low-compression core produces fast ball speeds and reduced spin rates for improved distance off the tee, and the low spin rates also contribute to the high accuracy level that this ball has garnered a reputation for. Callaway Supersoft golf balls are available in white, yellow, and pink colors.
Wilson Duo Golf Ball: In terms of compression rating, the Staff Duo is at present the softest ball on the golf market, as Wilson, which has long been known as an industry leader in low-compression golf balls, was able to get the Duo’s compression rating all the way down to 29. As a result, incredibly soft feel is combined with a ball that delivers exceptional distance and accuracy thanks to its reduced spin rates. The Statt Duo is available for players in both white and yellow colors.
Bridgestone 2015 Lady Precept Golf Balls: Roughly 15 years ago, the Precept MC Lady was one of the most in-demand balls in golf, and it was often found being played by men thanks to what at the time was a rare combination of soft feel, distance, and spin. Bridgestone has continued to capitalize on the franchise and to this day has delivered a low-compression ball that delivers exceptional playability and feel. Bridgestone Lady Precept golf balls are available in white, yellow, and pink colors.