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Easy tips for adjusting to fall golf

Golf tip from Steve Charters

There's still plenty of time to hit the links, but when the weather cools you may have to adjust your club and ball selection. (The Gazette)
There's still plenty of time to hit the links, but when the weather cools you may have to adjust your club and ball selection. (The Gazette)

While the dog days of summer are still upon us, football teams are practicing and fall is just around the corner.

Here are some tips to help you enjoy a cooler, but beautiful time year on the golf course.

If distance is your thing, cooler days mean the air density is greater and the ball requires more velocity to produce a longer shot in the heavier air. Conversely, if the air temperature is warm, there is less density and the ball has the chance to perform better and travel farther.

Generally if the temperature is below 50 degrees a lower compression ball will perform better than a higher compression ball simply because compressing a ball gets tougher as it gets colder. And generally lower compression balls or distance specific balls don’t spin at as high a rate as higher compression balls, reducing drag on the ball itself.

If retaining feel is your thing, some players like to go to a naturally softer ball, a ProV1 for example, when the air cools. The cooler air can take away some of your feel or touch, especially around the greens, so switching to a softer ball can help retain some of that feel. You might sacrifice a little distance, but you can make up for that in my next tip, club selection.

Club selection can make a difference.

A general rule of thumb is with every 10 degrees lost in temperature, 2 yards of distance is lost. So if you hit a 7-iron 150 when it’s 90 degrees you’ll hit it 142 when it’s 50 degrees. So when playing in colder weather you may need to hit a 7-iron where you would normally hit an 8-iron in warmer conditions.

Hopefully these tips will help you get out and enjoy your game more in the cooler temperatures of autumn.

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