cold weather effects on golf ball distance

Just curious.. would the temperature difference have an effect on your clubs as well?

Cold weather, what's that?  It was 93* here in California last week mid November.  The solution is to just move West.

Brian K

Just curious.. would the temperature difference have an effect on your clubs as well?

  Yes, the weather would effect the clubs as well.  I never leave my clubs and balls in my car on a cold night before I plan to play the nest day.  It not only effects the clubs but the change in weather will deterrant the grips.  I have played golf for over 45 years in North Carolina near Pinehurst, NC.

I played in the cold last week and i tried both a Pro V1 and a Pro V1x and the balls went the exact same distance as each other but about 5 yards shorter than they both would in the warmer weather. So i think through my experience that the weather affects all balls the same.

When it's about 45 F or below I feel like I need to hit a half or full club more on my iron shots. I'm sure it is partially the ball, but for me I think  the layers of clothing restrict my swing

It's a combination of things.  Dense air in the winter, more clothing, harder golf balls due to cold.  I play a softer ball (ladies golf ball) and keep them in the house in the winter.  It will take the better part of a day to get the mass of a golf ball up to room temperature.  Plus play "winter rules" since you can't enter a handicap this time of year in the northeast keep 1 in your pocket and switch out every hole

Greg M

I play golf almost year round and a couple of guys are always switching to different type balls. I know cold weather has some effect but does it really matter?

I also have a question related to this.  Living in Colorado, I wondered, does altitude also add the the less far the golf ball go in the cold?

I'm with you late and early southeastern Mass! So far not bad down here in fact today is a perfect day for golf! Going out at 10:30 38 - 38 degrees no wind!

The original question WAS what ball is better to play in the colder weather - I normally play Pro V1 and was wondering if one of the NXTs would be easier to compress.

I'm 66 and a 10 HC- hit my drive about 230, hit a 7 iron about 152.

my 2 cents…. as others have said, once it gets to 50* or below, i find I'm at least one club shorter with my irons. i will play into the high 30's but 45-50* days are a must get out in the winter

garymch1

The original question WAS what ball is better to play in the colder weather - I normally play Pro V1 and was wondering if one of the NXTs would be easier to compress.

I'm 66 and a 10 HC- hit my drive about 230, hit a 7 iron about 152.

Hi Gary,

I wouldn't suggest switching balls based on weather. You'll be changing more than you think. Not every shot you hit is going to be full swing or full compression. I feel it's better to just know what the climate does to your game. Play an extra club before you switch balls to try and mimic summer distances.