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As the air gets colder?

michael s

As summer fades in to fall I find myself playing more golf now than I did all summer and spring. That's fine with me I absolutely love fall golf, with the leaves changing color the beauty of the courses just seems to come alive. I can't help to notice as the air is cooler the ball just seems to go nowhere. I know part of this is me, and I just don't hit is as nearly as far as I did just a few short years ago. But when it gets cold is there a ball change I should try, or just continue to club up?

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  1. Barry B

    Two schools of thought on this subject...some are adamant about the need to play the same ball year round...while others are equally as adamant about switching to a softer feeling ball, the choice is yours to make. I've done both....most of the time sticking with the same ball, but I did switch to the DT TruSoft a couple years ago when I didn't head south for the winter. I did gain back a little distance, but probably not enough to warrant changing on a regular basis.
  2. Rob_Roth1

    Fall golf is the best in the northest and midwest. The changing colors the cool mornings. Nothing I like better than throwing on a sweater and walking with the weather turns.

    Here is a cool video on how weather effects the golf ball:

    www.youtube.com/watch
  3. richard f

    Just club up , in England we have a lot of cold air and the ball definitely does not go as far , at least 20+ yards shorter
  4. Doug E

    There are many things that contribute to slower ball speeds as the temps drop. It happens to all of us. It is not unusual to lose 10-20 yards on your drives. Partially due to the cold temperature's affect on the compression of the ball, but also due to the wearing of heavier clothing, as well as your body not being as limber in colder temps, particularly in a sport where lots of body movement/action is limited to a couple of seconds every 5 minutes or so. That's just not conducive to staying warm. (I would recommend walking in the winter. It does help.)

    I warm a 1/2 dozen golf balls at home under a heat lamp before I leave for the course. I wrap them in foil and throw them in the insulated compartment on my bag. They stay warm for a couple hours in there. It does help. I tend to switch balls out after each hole for the first 1/2 dozen holes. I then keep the already-played balls in an inside pocket to try to keep them somewhat warm against my body, and then throw them back in the insulated pocket once my body has warmed them a bit. All of this is totally within the rules. You are not changing the makeup or composition of the balls, just bringing them up to a warmer starting temp, as they would be on a 95 degree day. However, you can't warm them during a round, though putting them in your pocket is safe. Of course, in winter, it doesn't really matter if you are in an area designated "out-of-season." Under that designation, you can do whatever you want since you can't post those scores, as long as your playing partners with money on the line agree.
  5. Darron K

    I play the same ball all year long and just club up one or two clubs depending upon the type of shot I'm hitting.
  6. Mike H

    I couldn't agree more on how awesome fall golf is the courses are slot more fun to take in.

    In regards to the ball not going as far I always keep an extra ball in my pocket during. These cooler rounds so I am not hitting a cold ball. There's no science behind it but mentally it makes a difference to me
  7. Quintin H

    I thought the reason why you used a softer compression ball was to keep it from hurting as much when you mishit.

    I believe there is a science behind keeping a ball warm in your pocket, probably why there is/was a rule not allowing you to use a hand warmer to warm your balls.

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