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When is it too cold to golf and is there a certain temperature that makes it bad on your clubs?

post #1 of 14
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I love golf and i love my clubs but im nervous about playing in 30 degree and below weather. Is there any way i could lose pop off my club or the shaft becomes too brittle and snaps off? Also when is it too cold to play and you just seem ridiculous.

post #2 of 14

I live near Boston and I'm trying to play all winter here. I've not been out in a few weeks since there's so much snow on the ground. A ball might lose some pop but I don't believe even a nice forged club with lose it's shape or pop in the cold... As for how cold can you play in.. Well as long as your still having fun it don't matter. My last round I could not put a tee in the ground and the entire ground was frozen.. I still had a fun time... Best part was the #1 handicap hole that has water in front if green.. Well it was frozen and lets just say there was no drop needed after my approach shot came up short..lol

post #3 of 14

I find playing in  the winter(without wind) is great to practice. No one is usually out there and you can play multiple shots in real game type situations. Putting is a bit tricky to really practice if the greens are frozen imo. Your clubs should be fine in the cold.

post #4 of 14

I've played with the clubs in my sig in 25 degree weather.....it was only that cold for about an hour....sun came out and the cold front moved out, was a nice 50 degrees by the afternoon.....clubs played fine....standard loss in distance and anything hit off center could be felt immediately.....buddy invited me to a nice private course, wasn't going to pass up the opportunity....

 

Usually, 40+ degrees is my cutoff.....not too bad if the sun is out and the wind is reasonable...

post #5 of 14

I live in Northeast Ohio and was fortunate enough to get out to the golf course this weekend. Saturday is it was up around 55 or 60 so most of the snow melted, however, it was too wet and slushy to get out and play or anything. It wasn't too bad by Sunday afternoon so a friend of mine and I went out to the range/course. It was about 25 or 30 out so pretty chilly. We hit probably 100-150 balls on the range each, and I was able to get some nice footage of my swing. After hitting the range for about an hour or so we headed out to the course for five or six holes which was awesome. Other than distance, the temperature didn't have much affect on our game. I got my first par of the year on my first hole! Hit my drive right down the pipe. Had an easy wedge into the green that I stuck at about 5 feet. Rimmed out the putt, tapped in, and was on my way to the next hole. Great time. Just the two of us and had the course and facilities to ourselves.

 

The only thing that makes me nervous golfing in the cold is when the ground is frozen. I don't think beating your clubs into the frozen ground is good for the clubs...obviousley.

 

Anyway, if their's no snow, and the ground isn't frozen, I'd say go out and get some practice in or a couple holes.

post #6 of 14

I was at the range this morning at 28 degrees. Every ten minutes or so I went in to the pro shop to warm up, and finally parked my bag in there, too. The grips were getting too cold.

 

The pro keeps the balls inside when it gets this cold, so you can get some distance, but on two days ago I was hitting balls that had been kept out in sub-freezing weather. I was just nailing my 5-iron and couldn't get it past the 145-yard flag. 

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I live near Boston and I'm trying to play all winter here. I've not been out in a few weeks since there's so much snow on the ground. A ball might lose some pop but I don't believe even a nice forged club with lose it's shape or pop in the cold... As for how cold can you play in.. Well as long as your still having fun it don't matter. My last round I could not put a tee in the ground and the entire ground was frozen.. I still had a fun time... Best part was the #1 handicap hole that has water in front if green.. Well it was frozen and lets just say there was no drop needed after my approach shot came up short..lol


cant put a tee in the ground? Wow...and I thought it was cold down here....one word...dedicated

post #8 of 14

In the last couple weeks, we have had temps ranging from 15*F to 35*F and I was literally knocking ice off of the range balls. They had really high bounces off of the ground inside the range, too. When it's that cold, it's best to just stick to fundamentals and not get carried away with distances and trajectories.

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Originally Posted by Dentman View Post

I live near Boston and I'm trying to play all winter here. I've not been out in a few weeks since there's so much snow on the ground. A ball might lose some pop but I don't believe even a nice forged club with lose it's shape or pop in the cold... As for how cold can you play in.. Well as long as your still having fun it don't matter. My last round I could not put a tee in the ground and the entire ground was frozen.. I still had a fun time... Best part was the #1 handicap hole that has water in front if green.. Well it was frozen and lets just say there was no drop needed after my approach shot came up short..lol


cant put a tee in the ground? Wow...and I thought it was cold down here....one word...dedicated


We get that issue here, you can use rubber tee's or a few time for fun we brought a cordless drill with us.

 

As for what happens to clubs in the cold (sub zero) - some epoxies will become brittle and there is better chance of the head coming off. This is super rare and is more likely to happen because the club build had an issue already (bad mix, cheap epoxy or the shaft wasn't prepared properly) and the cold made it more likely to make failure to happen. But we are talking very rare as I have play in a winter group for the last two years and have only seen/heard of it once.

 

The other thing is you shafts get stiffer in the cold. Not a big deal on its own, but you won't be as loose in the cold, and have more clothes on, so your swing slows down making your shaft way too stiff. I know lots of guy go to light flex for the winter.

post #10 of 14

There comes a certain point where pent up demand trumps temperature.

post #11 of 14
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I love golf and i love my clubs but im nervous about playing in 30 degree and below weather. Is there any way i could lose pop off my club or the shaft becomes too brittle and snaps off? Also when is it too cold to play and you just seem ridiculous.



I suppose if it was 50 below you might have an issue, but at any temperature where you might actually be inclined to play it isn't going to hurt anything.  I've played when it was in the low 30's many times back when I was young and dumb and desperate.  I don't do that any more.  Now I'm older and wiser and I've found other things to help while away the winter days. whistling.gif

post #12 of 14

since i just found my perfect swing in november i have been wanting to hit as much as i can this winter, i went to the range jan 2nd it was 25 out but no snow, i lost a little distance but i just wanted to make sure i was hitting were i was aiming, the range i go to has heated/ covered range so that helps too

post #13 of 14

I've had to go to the local aqua range for the last week because the grass ranges (and golf courses) have been closed until the snow melts. It was 25 out during lunch on Tuesday and I had the place to myself. When it's this cold out hitting off the frozen ground or hitting off a mat feels the same anyway. I just hope the reservoir doesn't freeze anytime soon.

 

For the next couple of months I'll have to drive the two hours to play in Sacramento.

post #14 of 14

It was 35 today here in Florida when I tee'd off. Couldnt hit a drive much past 230 and all of my clubs were 25 yards shorter. I cannot wait till it warms up and day light savings. I did shoot a decent round at 81. 

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