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How Do You "Beat The Heat"


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#31 MattyO1984

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:04 PM

I stay in Scotland, that tends to do the trick.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:06 PM

Born and raised in the South here. Central Arkansas where we can easily hit 110 heat index. I haven’t found any trick to get you by... you have to be hydrated and you have to keep a positive attitude concerning the sweltering heat. It’s almost like you have to love the heat, or at least convince yourself that you do.

I honestly enjoy the heat, but cold weather (for me, daily high below 50) is absolutely miserable. I know that’s absurd to a lot of you. I live in the South for a reason...
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:16 PM

 WooPig, on 08 June 2018 - 04:06 PM, said:

Born and raised in the South here. Central Arkansas where we can easily hit 110 heat index. I haven’t found any trick to get you by... you have to be hydrated and you have to keep a positive attitude concerning the sweltering heat. It’s almost like you have to love the heat, or at least convince yourself that you do.

I honestly enjoy the heat, but cold weather (for me, daily high below 50) is absolutely miserable. I know that’s absurd to a lot of you. I live in the South for a reason...

A guy at my club was wearing slacks, a black golf shirt and a black cap the other day when it was upper 80’s. We kind of poked fun at that and he said, “I didn’t move south from Massachusetts 40 years ago because I wanted to stay cool”.
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:19 PM

Do not beat the heat. Whip the heat or better yet gently fold the heat.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:29 PM

I grew up playing baseball in Houston and elsewhere around south texas all summer, so plenty of experience with triple digits and 100% humidity. Lots of good suggestions here. The big ones are to start hydrating a day or two before you know you're going to go play in this weather, and keep it going through your round. One I haven't seen yet is mixing in salt with water or an energy drink - poor man's version of the pedialyte, as the salt helps replace what you lose sweating out.

Personally, I try and wear light colored clothing in the summer. Khaki/gray shorts, white/light shirts, some sort of hat. I also try and bring an extra towel with me so I can get it wet whenever there's a cooler on the course and put it around my neck or head when waiting around.

Also, as others have said, try and keep a good mindset about it. Telling yourself how hot and miserable it is will only make it worse - embrace it, as has been said before. Easier said than done, but don't let it get to you if you can help it.


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:32 PM

Just ignore it.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:48 PM

I live in  Vegas and this time of year temps well above 100 are a given so I've gotten used to it, but it can be dangerous if you aren't prepared and there is no shade out here.

1. Salt.  I increase my salt intake significantly as I drink as much water as I can, I even add some pink sea salt to my water bottles.

2. I keep my hat wet, and if I feel like I'm getting too hot I soak the top of my shirt too.

3. I switch to a mostly ketogenic diet in the spring-summer but on course I will pack some melon or cantaloupe in addition to my regular calories.  It's a low sugar fruit but it's light and gives me a quick clean energy source.

Now in college I had to play in humidity and I wasn't prepared for it.  In the off season I got in better shape and as often as I could I would end my workouts by spending as much time as I could in the steam room.  I'd do push ups and crunches etc. and at times I would be in there for almost an hour.  The on course humidity didn't bother me much after that.
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 05:10 PM

Some courses have coolers stationed with about half water half ice to soak towels. Of course keep dry towels too. Rotate gloves and/or try using a rain glove if you sweat a lot. If you drink a few beers throw in some water or a sports drink too.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 05:17 PM

This is going to sound crazy but try eating some beef jerky early in the round with plenty of water.  A friend suggested it when I was having a hard time playing in Vegas and Palm Springs heat.  I'm no nutritionist so don't know why it works but now I'm good playing in hot, humid weather.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 05:28 PM

I'm a North Carolina native.  I beat the heat by moving to the Pac NW.  57 in Seattle right now.


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 05:32 PM

View Postws6, on 08 June 2018 - 05:28 PM, said:

I'm a North Carolina native.  I beat the heat by moving to the Pac NW.  57 in Seattle right now.

I’d rather deal with the heat.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 05:44 PM

View PostBigarch, on 07 June 2018 - 09:42 PM, said:

A couple years ago, I got a wild idea that I tried and now I do it several times a year when its really hot.  I take a small cooler, fill it with ice and water and put two wash cloths in there.  About every other hole, I take one of the wash cloths, wring it out and put it on top of my head under my hat.  Then I just remember to switch the washcloths every hole or two.  Works awesome!
I do the exact same thing and I have started wearing straw hats keeps the sun off and plenty of ventilation. As others have said I avoid alcohol and hydrate myself well. Even during the week I hydrate. I do drink my 2 cups of coffee in the morning every morning then after that only water even with my supper at home at night
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 05:46 PM

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I live in  Vegas and this time of year temps well above 100 are a given so I've gotten used to it, but it can be dangerous if you aren't prepared and there is no shade out here.

1. Salt.  I increase my salt intake significantly as I drink as much water as I can, I even add some pink sea salt to my water bottles.

2. I keep my hat wet, and if I feel like I'm getting too hot I soak the top of my shirt too.

3. I switch to a mostly ketogenic diet in the spring-summer but on course I will pack some melon or cantaloupe in addition to my regular calories.  It's a low sugar fruit but it's light and gives me a quick clean energy source.

Now in college I had to play in humidity and I wasn't prepared for it.  In the off season I got in better shape and as often as I could I would end my workouts by spending as much time as I could in the steam room.  I'd do push ups and crunches etc. and at times I would be in there for almost an hour.  The on course humidity didn't bother me much after that.
Being from the South I eat a lot of cantaloupe and melons too in the summer
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Posted 08 June 2018 - 07:22 PM

Thanks guys. I will definitely use the suggestions, especially the pedialyte.  Adding water to the hat makes sense.Will do light colored clothes as well. The beef jerky adds salt,...

Edited by platgof, 08 June 2018 - 07:22 PM.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:13 PM

getting hot just means you arent pouding cold ones fast enough.

jk good luck wiht the heat, im starting my hydration process now for my round on sunday :)

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 09:37 PM

View Postthird-times-a-charm, on 07 June 2018 - 08:06 PM, said:

Run 8-10 miles a week in the heat after work, you'll get used to it.

Or move to FL.
All jokes aside, this isn't far from the truth. Yes drink tons of water before and during the round, Ice cold towels etc, but having lived in south Florida for 15 years getting acclimated to the heart is best and your body can do it.  I was a mechanic and worked in a shop with no a.c.for 6 years. I got a good sweat going and after 6 months the heat didn't bother me much. I would play with guys after work in the summer who had been in a.c.all day and they would be dying in the afternoon heat, I wouldn't break a sweat, it was the coolest part of my day.  embrace the heat play in it more, seek shade always, drink lots of water and you will get used to it.

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 10:15 PM

I don’t think you ever acclimate to 90+ degrees with 70+ humidity. Pouring sweat is still pouring sweat.

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 03:13 AM

View Postws6, on 08 June 2018 - 05:28 PM, said:

I'm a North Carolina native.  I beat the heat by moving to the Pac NW.  57 in Seattle right now.
OMG but don't you just miss the good BBQ even if it is either Lexington style or Eastern NC style?? LOL had to throw that at you :rolleyes:
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Posted 09 June 2018 - 09:13 AM

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 09:43 AM

I wear lighter colors in clothes designed for the heat, pack my yeti thermos full of ice water, take my glove off after I hit, and the little trick I use is pour some cold water on your wrists/forearms. Just don't do it before you send a max pitching wedge at the 18th green.

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 04:15 PM

I was destroyed today. Before the back nine I was BBQ. The best thing I did was freeze a quart of poweraide. By the time it defrosted I was really needing it.Tomorrow is suppose to be way cooler, I really hope so. Shot my sorry a.. bogey golf as usual.
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Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:44 AM

Played 36 riding yesterday and it was 97* with about mid 70% humidity. Preparation is key and if you don’t prepare the day before, you’ll never make it. At least two gallons of water the day before. As soon as you wake up, no less than 30 ounces of water with electrolyte powder mixed in. I use propel fitness water packets. Try and get down at least 60 ounces in before tee off and no soda. If you’re drinking, switch to a one beer, one water rule. If allowed, I bring my own bag cooler filled with ice to dunk the towels and keep a gallon jug of water. Never rely on the course to have water because by hole 27, all the coolers on the course were empty. Light, healthy snacks regularly throughout the day.
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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:17 PM

Umbrella on push cart, bucket hats (soak with cold water), sunscreen, stay in the shade, hydration, nutrition, and Fast Rounds.  Post round recovery drinks so I can play multiple times a week during heat waves.
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Posted 10 June 2018 - 02:01 PM

Today was much better. The temps were lower, had a breeze, and started earlier. Also took a swig of pedialyte before and after the round, that stuff works.I am still going to take a break while it is this hot, yuk.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 12:12 PM

View Post1puttTUT, on 08 June 2018 - 05:09 AM, said:

Who the hell walks when it's 90 degrees out? I'm not walking when it's above 70 and I'm not going outside when it's above 90 if I can help it. I just sweat way too much and it's no fun.

You would literally be spending over 1/2 of the year indoors here. Some places, it's just not feesible.

Hydrate, wear light color clothes, and dont walk the round. If you do have to walk for the tournament, use a push cart with an umbrella for shade. I also suggest a full brim hat. I have an Under Armor fishing hat I bought that has a good size full brim and is typical UA performance materials. If it gets too bad, I run it under the water cooler to wet it then put it back on.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 12:36 PM

View PostWooPig, on 08 June 2018 - 04:06 PM, said:


I honestly enjoy the heat, but cold weather (for me, daily high below 50) is absolutely miserable. I know that’s absurd to a lot of you. I live in the South for a reason...

I'm the same way, but for me it doesnt have to be the high above 50. If it HITS 50, I'm miserable. I cant put on enough layers to warm up and still be able to swing a club with any form. Give me my southeast Texas gulf coast heat year round, I'll be a happy man.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:00 PM

I am slowing down on the golf for now. Unless i can get out and do a quick nine in the morning, forget it. 94-95*F weather all weekend. I really hope some cooler weather comes south, please, I am begging, no shame either.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 10:02 PM

I grew up in Palm Springs and played year round. I prefer the heat because all the Snow Birds are gone and we pretty much had the courses to ourselves. I've done all the things suggested and they actually make it possible to enjoy the game in the heat. That being said, on Jul 28, 1995 I got invited to play Tamarisk CC which was an impossible course to get on. (Frank Sinatra's home course.) We started at 9:00 or so and didn't make 9 holes before we quit. It was the highest temperature recored in PS that day at 123. Dead calm, no breeze and humid. It got to 126 down valley.  Short of having an air conditioned enclosed cart I don't think anyone could play in that heat. It was like opening the oven door to peek at the cookies baking and getting hit in the face with the searing heat.

These days I don't walk when it gets 100, and typically over 90 and we walk the first 9 and ride the back.
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