8 Fall Golf Tips

1. Walk

Walk Creekwood if you don’t have physical or health-related limitations. Not only is it good exercise, there are added benefits in the fall. Walking Creekwood gets the heart pumping and helps you stay warm and loose. The fall leaves and scenery are beautiful. You can also save a few bucks with fall rates and there’s nothing wrong with that.

2. Wear Layers

As temperatures rise and drop, and as wind and rain arrive on late autumn days, dress in layers—comfortable and lightweight shirts, sweater, vests, pullovers and jackets. “You can always peel layers off,” wrote PGA.com’s T.J. Auclair, “but you can’t add them if you don’t have them with you.”

3. Hit More Club

Fact: The golf ball doesn’t go as far in cooler weather. There’s also the very real possibility that your muscles will be a little tighter and your swing will be a little shorter. So play smart. Use extra club.

4. Try a Softer Golf Ball

Not only do you lose distance in the fall, you can also lose feel. That’s a double whammy. “The colder it gets, the less feel you have,” wrote Hazeltine National. “By playing with a softer ball, you can retain some of the feel that you are used to around the greens.”

5. Pack or Wear Extra Socks

Keep extra socks in your golf bag, or go ahead and slip them on during cool or wet days. As Auclair wrote, “There’s nothing worse than cold feet and cold ears.”

6. Be Realistic

For many reasons, fall isn’t the ideal time to play your best golf or shoot low scores. So Relax. Try not to sweat it. Enjoy a beautiful and fun round on Creekwood. “Don’t let yourself get hung up on all the stuff you’re not doing out there because of the conditions,” said PGA professional Rob Labritz. “You usually hit a 7-iron 160 but it’s only going 145-150 right now? It’s OK. Keep repeating your motion and in the spring when it warms up, you might be surprised to see that it’s traveling 165-170.”

7. Consider Hand Warmers

Cold diminishes feel in your hands. Hand warmers are a simple solution on chilly days. Stick them in your pockets to warm your hands, or, if using a style to be worn, slip them on your hands between shots. This is a smart move.

8. Work on Weaknesses

If you’re a serious golfer determined to work on your game late in the year, then consider this additional advice from Labritz:“In fall golf I’d spend the most time on the stuff you struggled with the most through the season. It might not be fun to do, but dedicating time to parts of your game that have proven to be weaknesses all season will help to make them strengths going forward and get you prepared going into the spring time.”