The warm weather summer months always make for great days out on the golf course, but before you know it the colder weather will be rolling in again. However, with the warmer weather, we often see the course conditions dry out, changing the way the ball reacts to different situations and making it more difficult for players to get around the golf course. In this blog I’m going to give you advice to help you play your best during the hottest months of the year.

  • Hydration: Before teeing off make sure that your body is well hydrated. To do this make sure you consume enough water so you don’t become dehydrated. I’m not a fitness expert, but I know that keeping your body well hydrated will help to improve concentration and maintain good energy level throughout the round. A round of golf can range anywhere from 3 - 5 hours in the heat, so make sure you prepare yourself for what’s ahead.

  • Check your speed: Often when courses dry out in the summer because of the heat, the greens become faster to putt on. Before you tee off, make sure that you spend a good 10 - 15 minutes on the putting green, which will give you a sense as to how fast the greens are rolling. A good drill is to line up and putt to the fringe of the green, stopping the ball as close to it as possible without going too far or coming up too short.

  • Watch for Big Bounces: Drier fairways can often mean hitting longer drives with big bounces and roll out, but remember the same conditions apply on your approach shots into the greens. The ball will typically bounce more when the ground is firmer, so aiming to land the ball right next to the pin may not work as well as during softer course conditions. In this case, you may be better off aiming to land the ball a few yards short of the pin, allowing for a big bounce and roll.

  • Stay Below the Hole Whenever Possible: This is a good rule of thumb at the best of times, but especially good when the greens are firm and fast. This is down to course management and choosing the correct club when hitting to the green that will keep you below the hole. For example, if you’re between hitting a pitching wedge and 9iron, choose the pitching wedge. In most cases, if you hit past the hole you’ll be faced with a fast downhill shot.

I hope these tips help you to prepare for the summer months ahead, and your scores get better as a result. For lessons with myself please call 613131 thank you

Christopher Reed

PGA Professional

Westridge Golf Centre