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When is it too cold to play?


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#1 bfrey64

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 08:59 PM

Just out of curiosity, when is it too cold for you to play a round of golf.  I have played several times over the previous days in the northeast.  I noticed that the golf balls that I play are extremely hard and it stings.  So when is it too cold to play?  What type of ball do you use in cold weather?  Do you continue to play blades or cavity back irons?


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:04 PM

I like to try and play all year round, but you have to keep the mindset of that the cold days are just to keep the swing intact and you cant expect much.  When the balls run on the green and never stop, and when the tee boxes are too frozen to get a tee in it is getting there lol.  Basically when it becomes no fun to play, that is when it is too cold for me!
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:04 PM

Played Friday morning in NM and it was 19 degrees when I teed off.  Had a foursome also...It was awesome, still playing golf!  Used Srixon Z Star Yellow and worked great.
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:07 PM

The temperature is never the factor for me.  It is always the wind that is the killer.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:13 PM

 DoNDoN, on 29 November 2010 - 09:07 PM, said:

The temperature is never the factor for me.  It is always the wind that is the killer.

ya this is it.  Wind is the killer.  I'll play if it's 35+ and not windy

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:14 PM

i'm asking myself that a lot lately.  played the last few weekends in New York and the lowest temp was 40 degrees.  as long as the wind is down and the sun is out, I'll play.  50 degrees is great, 40 degrees is pushing it without some sun.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:21 PM

Funny, its been low 40s here in San Diego and boy were not used to this... It hurts like the dickens when you dont pure it!

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:26 PM

When you hit it good and it hurts.

#9 bfrey64

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:26 PM

What ball do most of you use?  Is a low compression ball better to use?  I was out today, it has to be in the mid morning or by noon for a tee time.  Too early means to cold and usually too windy.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:26 PM

anything below 60....


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:40 PM

45* and under, maybe a little higher if it is windy or wet.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:41 PM

As well, anything below sixty.
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:42 PM

As someone said, wind is the key. I've played on days when it was in the 30's but it was sunny and not windy. I've played on days when it was in the 50's and it was overcast and windy and I was miserable.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:43 PM

If the course isn't covered in snow it's not too cold to play. I hit the driving range this morning when it was 47F out. Just go out and have some fun. It will definitely make you appreciate pure shots more because mishits will send a sharp shudders through your arms.
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:06 PM

Here in Wisconsin the issue is frost delays at tee off time.  Below 40 if there's any wind is pushing it.  Snow normally closes the courses making the question moot....


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:13 PM

if the ground is too hard so you cant take a divot, or greens so frozen ball bounces right off the back -- i'm out
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:13 PM

Right now here in Washington State!

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:21 PM

i think i have played in some pretty low temps.  Its been said but the wind and cloud cover are key.  Worst round due to temp for me was when the greens were frozen solid.  wedge shots would bounce like they had hit a cart path.  Looking back.....probably not worth playing!

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:50 PM

As long as it's not windy, I'll play in anything.  This weekend it was 40 with about 30 mph wind gusts and that was a bit too much.  I've played when it's in the 20's, and as long as I have a beanie and some hand warmers for the pockets, I'm good to go!
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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:53 PM

Today it was 42 degrees. There was ice in patches. The ball hit the green and rolled more than usual because it was still frozen a 1/2" below which made fixing ball marks harder than usual. The tee would not go in the ground easily due to the ice. The wind was at 15 mph. It was mainly sunny and 40 people were on the course. I liked it better last week when it rained very lightly on two days when it was about 45 degrees and everyone left the course except for me and my son. Finished in 2:45. PERFECT.


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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:03 PM

Anytime it's below 65.
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 02:37 AM

i live in canada, if the course is open, we play. and yes, i have played in snow before more than once. usually my last round of the year ends because a blizzard starts on the eighth green.

btw, im totally jealous of the guy who said he doesnt play when it gets below 60 degrees, you must live somewhere nice!

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:15 AM

Typically not below 40*, but it all depends on the wind and chill (sunshine, dry/moist air, etc.).   I think I remember reading that graphite shafts are more prone to break when the temperatures dip below 40*.   Plus, even though I have a passion to play as much as possible, there's been quite a few rounds that were so cold that I was rushing to just get finished which is not how I like to play.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:24 AM

Generally give it up when there it gets so cold that the greens and water hazards freeze, and you can't tell the difference between hitting a shot onto the green, onto the cart path, or onto (not into) water hazard. It 's a sad sight when your balls hit the water hazard and rolls out to the middle of the ice covered pond, just sitting there, out of reach, till the warmer temps come along, the ice melts, and your titleist slowly sinks into the depths.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:35 AM

 JJK, on 30 November 2010 - 10:24 AM, said:

Generally give it up when there it gets so cold that the greens and water hazards freeze, and you can't tell the difference between hitting a shot onto the green, onto the cart path, or onto (not into) water hazard. It 's a sad sight when your balls hit the water hazard and rolls out to the middle of the ice covered pond, just sitting there, out of reach, till the warmer temps come along, the ice melts, and your titleist slowly sinks into the depths.


Sir, you touched me with this...has happened to me one too many times.


I would agree and say it's too cold when your high sand wedge shot just bounces violently over the green like it hit a cartpath.  Nobody has enough backspin and trajectory for that.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:42 AM

played yest in ontario.. 4* first 3 and last 3 holes..  got up to 7* for the others..

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:46 AM

Last winter saw a guy in the group ahead of us hit his tee shot on a par 3 onto a frozen lake to the right of the green. He walked onto the ice and chipped in from there for a birdie.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:54 AM

I'm currently done for the season except for the freak warm day here and there.  Played this past weekend where it was 42* F and very windy and it wasn't fun.  Hands were numb, back was stiff and my swing felt like garbage.  Enjoyed the time spent with the guys I played with but I can't say I enjoyed the actual golf.  At this point in time I am probably doing more harm than good to my swing and will save it for the spring.  Time to start focusing on what can be worked on indoors.
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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:57 AM

 rbrb, on 30 November 2010 - 10:46 AM, said:

Last winter saw a guy in the group ahead of us hit his tee shot on a par 3 onto a frozen lake to the right of the green. He walked onto the ice and chipped in from there for a birdie.

That is just insane. Did he "ice" his club in the hazard?

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:58 AM

too cold anytime below 60.  But for Bandon Dunes, Ireland and Scotland, anything below 50.


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