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#31 Matchplay10033

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 05:50 PM

I am a very active and fit 37 year old but suffered heat exhaustion a few years back and cannot do days with heat index's in the 100's.   I was standing on the green waiting to putt and literally felt the world spin, vision started going black and felt insanely nauseous.  Couldn't keep anything down and felt lucky to get back into the clubhouse. I was dehydrated to start... ran and worked out prior to round and never got my fluids back up.  To this day i get panicky when I'm in super hot weather.   If your going to play I would honestly take every precaution available.  Hydrate,  cold towels, shade, umbrella, anything that helps.  I'm a guy that used to love the heat and humidity and now it absolutely terrifies me!


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 07:10 PM

I watched a man die on the golf course.  It was a 100 degree day and on the 7th green, he just dropped to the ground.  He was late 50's and was walking but a caddy was carrying his bag.  The caddy was a pre-med student and immediately began CPR.  A cardiac nurse was on a nearby hole and she used the paddles on him as soon as they brought them out from the clubhouse.  It was too late.  It was a pretty troubling thing to see.  Be smart out there in the heat.

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#33 cardoustie

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 07:48 PM

Played today, hit 109 heat index

Rode of course, lots of water and Gatorade

Too hot for a fat boy but found my lost swing over last 10 holes, so I got that going for me
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Posted 03 July 2018 - 07:35 AM

Dying from heat would be bad

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 08:43 AM

View PostMr. Grumpy, on 02 July 2018 - 03:54 PM, said:

View Posthangontight, on 02 July 2018 - 02:58 PM, said:

View PostMr. Grumpy, on 02 July 2018 - 02:39 PM, said:

Dunn is some great stuff!

Though lots of bad advice in this thread.

Well dont keep all the good advice to yourself, enlighten us!

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke is nothing to fool with. Staying hydrated is only one part of the equation, it really depends on how well your body can cool itself. Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature. Sweating helps to cool the body but it becomes less effective as humidity rises, couple this with high heat and it does not take long for core temps to rise. Know the symptoms and watch for them. It can get dangerous quickly. As a coach I understand that I have to follow guidelines that others do not. Additionally, i have seen it all and it is scary. I see no reason to unnecessarily risk a child's safety.
Hydration is a must. Nunn and the like are great to add to water. Pedialite is also good. Avoid the high sugar sports drinks or cut them with lots of water. Have your child seek shade for a quick water break, often. Wear light, loose clothing. Have spare dry clothing for a change. Wear sunscreen and apply often (sunburn affects your body's ability to cool itself) Have a cooler with iced down towels. Watch/monitor your child carefully for necessary action.

Sadly, it has only been in the last 5 or so years that the governing bodies have begun to take heat seriously - and really only after athletes have died because of heat stroke.

So just saying "it's never too hot to golf" is really not great advice.

You are right.  Growing up in Florida we deal with this 9 months out of the year.  I know my kid understands the value of Hydration and Nutrition on the course.  He never goes on the course without a cooler of at least 10 water bottles and food.  He is also out in the sun everyday.  He applies sunscreen before he goes out and after 9 holes.  He is very acclimated to the Florida heat.  For him, "It is never too hot to golf or fish."

I used to coach middle school cross country back in the day in Orlando.  i had the best distance runner on my team in the county.  We were at a meet where he broke the school record for the mile and he won the meet.  As soon as he crossed the finish line he collapsed.  Heat Exhaustion.  Immediately got him into the locker room and put him into the a cold shower.  Covered his body with ice in towels.  Scary Stuff.

Hydration doesn't start the day of a meet, game, match, or round of golf.  It has to be a daily regimen and making sure your urine is always clear.  If the urine isn't clear then you are dehydrated.

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Posted 04 July 2018 - 11:44 AM

You want hot. Try golfing in Columbia. Hottest damn place on earth. I played 18 yesterday, or tried. Stopped after 13. Our HI regular stays above 100 all July and August. We are talking actual 100+ temps then 75-90 humidity. We frequently have a HI of 115*. They issue warnings to not even leave the house sometimes. You golf in the morning or late afternoon when the sun starts to offer some shade. Iíve seen it 90+ at midnight here.
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Posted 04 July 2018 - 12:55 PM

No offense but that sounds like playing golf in a blast furnace. played today and finished with 102 realfeel. That's VERY hot for us!
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Posted 04 July 2018 - 01:17 PM

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Posted 04 July 2018 - 01:27 PM

Always hot in summer here, that is why I am here. I will play anytime, wife and kid will not.
Only one time in 12 years here it got to me, 115 heat index and playing inland away from the coast.
Playing near the water always helps.

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Posted 04 July 2018 - 06:43 PM

Quick update. Temp hit 106 today and the boy survived. Luckily we had a cart. Drank about a gallon of water and had cooling towels rotating in and out of the ice chest. Reapplied sunscreen on 6 and 12  Now back home swimming with friends. Has a sweet farmer tan though.


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Posted 04 July 2018 - 07:10 PM

View Postleezer99, on 04 July 2018 - 06:43 PM, said:

Quick update. Temp hit 106 today and the boy survived. Luckily we had a cart. Drank about a gallon of water and had cooling towels rotating in and out of the ice chest. Reapplied sunscreen on 6 and 12  Now back home swimming with friends. Has a sweet farmer tan though.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 01:54 PM

View PostTigerMom, on 01 July 2018 - 02:08 PM, said:

Temperatures of almost 100 and heat index of 105-110 today here in NY

My daughter is staying indoors

How hot is too hot to play/practice?
As a junior golfer, I think that with the right amount of hydration, correct clothing, and dedication, it's never too hot to play or practice. Just my opinion though

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 01:59 PM

While I can play in pretty much anything I find that realfeel above 100 becomes uncomfortable for me. It's just not fun to play when the boys are screaming for AC!
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Posted 18 July 2018 - 10:26 AM

We live in Las Vegas so the summers here are pretty brutal.  We play the local tournaments but rarely practice during the summer.   Just too much exposure to be pounding balls for hours.

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