Getting a Grip in Winter: How Cold Weather Can Ruin Your Golf
Golfers need to display a consistently high level of technical precision in every game. From your first drive to the final putt, your hands are working overtime to ensure your club is stable and solid, but still free enough to swing well. Your hand muscles and bones need extra care because of this. To prevent injury and ensure you are at maximum performance when playing golf in cold weather, use proper golf gear.
This blog will explain the negative effects on performance from cold weather golf and will dive into how you can identify, understand and then combat these effects. By maximising injury prevention and maintaining temperature regulation we at KYMIRA Golf will give you the best chance at avoiding the harshness of the cold on your hands.
What does Cold Weather Do To Golfers Hands?
Cold weather effects our bodies in a number of ways. It triggers our bodies to enter the process of Homeostasis, which is our body trying to regulate temperature, energy levels, oxygen etc all at once. To ensure our bodies can successfully perform all these regulations, we need to offer it help. If we are out on a blustery golf course we will feel the cold winds and maybe even snow begin to chill our muscles and bones.
The actual effects of this chill from cold weather are reduced injury prevention, increased stiffness, and slower response times to your inputs (That is, your brain sending the signal to move your fingers for example). We all know the cold causes contraction while heat causes expansion, and it is that basic principle that makes the cold weather a deal breaker for many golfers.
How to Identify Cold Weather Effects
In the winter months it can often to hard, under many layers, to identify the cause of lapses in performance. KYMIRA Golf are dedicated to keeping you out on the course at maximum energy efficiency all year around though, so identifying this lapse in performance is vital to then using KYMIRA.
Once you notice your fingers feel tight and taught, or feel them be slow to react to something you thought you had accounted for, it’s time to sort your temperature regulation out.
How does KYMIRA Help defend against cold weather?
KYMIRA Infrared Technology takes energy wasted or unused in your muscular processes, or from the outside world, and uses it to increase your body’s natural ability to recover. This means your body is actively oxygenating, spreading nitric oxide, and warming the body far more efficiently. With muscular mobility being vital for golfers, and your grip on the club being equally important, KYMIRA offers benefits that ensure no area of your play is left out in the cold.
By helping your body to expand your blood flow, KYMIRA is actively countering a direct effect of the cold. Cold weather constricts and tightens muscles, while KYMIRA Infrared Technology encourages fast, free-flowing blood and oxygen and nitric oxide. This flow stops the cold from being able to constrict your muscles as much, adding to your injury prevention and thermoregulation.
The real effect of all this science is that, when faced with an icy morning on the course, you can still maintain the proper grip and form you would normally with your golf club. We wrote an interesting blog the other week on the Circular Psychology of the Golf Course and it is this cycle that we must maintain in order to combat the cold.
If you actively ensure your body is up to the task of maintaining that loop, that cycle, then you will have no issues going out and giving the winter chill what-for!
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