COMMUNITY: Golfing in cooler weather

Golf tip from Steve Charters

JR Ogden
Published: April 5 2014 | 5:00 am - Updated: 7 April 2014 | 3:12 pm in

Editorís note: Steve Charters is in his 12th year as a pro at Twin Pines Golf Course. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Charters competed at Central College in Pella and has been a pro for 19 years in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.

As we emerge from winter and experience flashes of warm weather, weíll largely have to deal with cooler temperatures until May, on average.

Here are a couple of tips to help you adjust to the cooler temps until our prime season arrives:

Colder 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 low compression balls are easier to compress. And generally lower compression balls donít spin at as high a rate as higher compression balls, reducing drag on the ball itself.

Secondly, club selection can make a difference. A general rule of thumb is with every 10 degrees lost in temperature, two yards of distance is lost. So if you hit a 7-iron 150 when itís 90 degrees, youíll hit it 142 when itís 50 degrees. So when playing in colder weather, you may need to club down. For example, hit a 7-iron where you would normally hit an 8-iron in warmer conditions.

Hopefully these two tips will help you get out and enjoy your game more in the cooler temps while we wait for those 105 degree days with 70 percent humidity.

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