Outsmart the Sun

Summer is here…along with the heat and uncompromising sun. Since golf requires you to spend lots of time outdoors, it’s important to properly prepare yourself. Here are some tips to help you have fun, beat the heat and keep cool despite the blazing summer heat.

  1. Remember your sun block! Apply it before you head to the course and reapply it every couple of hours.
  2. Dress as cool as possible. Whites, yellows, oranges, blues and greens can reflect the sun to help keep you cool. Be sure to avoid dark colors that absorb heat. Try a sleeveless top, so you can stay cool and look good at the same time!
  3. Eat something before and during your round. Your body needs to stay nourished so you have the strength to enjoy your day. Pack a portable snack such as fruit or a granola bar, and tuck it in your bag.
  4. Pack your bag lightly. The lighter your golf bag is, the less stress there will be on your body. Take out unnecessary things like too many golf balls, tees and even head covers that might weigh down your bag.
  5. Bring a towel soaked in cold water with you to put around the back of your neck. It will help keep you cool, especially if you re-soak the towel when you see coolers of ice water on the course.
  6. DRINK WATER. Your body needs to stay hydrated to avoid heat-related illnesses. So drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Have fun out there and try to stay cool! Do you have your own way of outsmarting the summer sun? Share the tip and leave a comment below.

Golf Stretches You Should Know About!

Before you strike a golf ball, it is important to remember to stretch! Why? Well, consider this:

  • - Before you even begin swinging, many of your muscles are under a lot of stress (think of the position of your body at address).
  • - Also consider you are about to swing a club at  80+ mph, while maintaining this seemingly awkward position.
  • - Plus, stretching decreases your chance of injury and helps promote a more fluid golf swing.

I love this quick video from EliteStretching: Stretches for Women Golfers.  Take a look and give these easy stretches a try the next time you step up to the tee box.

Do you have any other stretches you do before or after a round of golf?  Let our readers know!

Golfers are Athletes!

Golf tournaments have become super competitive. To join the winner’s circle you now have to really consider all aspects of the game. Your endurance and strength can make a difference between finishing in the top 20 or the top 5. Remember the (annual) rain delays at the Optimist International at PGA National? So often, we had to play 28+ holes in a day to make up for lost time. So how do you stay on top in a tournament like that when you are tired and dragging after 18 holes?

AJGA in Mexico

AJGA in Mexico

In addition to doing short game drills and honing the swing, fitness has become a high priority for golfers. I first saw this focus on training at the Genuity PGA Championship tournament at Doral Golf Club in Miami. As a young junior, I got to watch the professionals during the practice days before the tournament. After their rounds, the gym at the Doral was packed with players. I remember watching with interest as Vijay Singh dripped with sweat, while throwing a medicine ball with his caddie outside the pro-shop.

Top LPGA players, and those striving to make it, take their fitness training in the weight room very seriously. In a USA Today feature of the 10 toughest athletes, Annika Sorenstam was ranked #7 (she can do 15 pull ups!).  Look at the role fitness plays in elite golf. Every collegiate team I know of has a year-round strength coach. Teams are becoming stronger, gaining endurance and developing more stamina for the rounds. We golfers are athletes! To those who beg to differ, try carrying a 25+ pound bag for 18, 27 or 36 holes!

So if you are a budding golfer or an experienced one, try a focus on fitness to improve your game. We will keep you posted on our favorite golf workout routines.  Are you already a golfer athlete? What exercises have helped improve your game?

Swingin’ Stockings

With Christmas a week away, it’s time to finish up your holiday shopping. Don’t forget about the stockings that are hung by the chimney with care. Here are a few stuffer ideas that are sure to please the lady golfer on your list:WTW_Belts_1

  • Polarized sunglasses—such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim or the like—to help your golfer protect her eyes, while looking ever-so stylish.
  • Neutrogena sunscreen with Helioplex® for the ultimate skin protection against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Exploding golf balls because who doesn’t want to feel like Wonder Woman?
  • C.O. Bigelo® Mentha Lip Shine (found at Bath & Body Works)—with a high-gloss shine, penetrating moisturizer and yummy minty flavor, this lip gloss will soothe chapped lips due to wind and sun. Plus, it looks great. And did we mention how yummy it is?
  • Burt’s Bees hand moisturizer to soothe away calluses after a long round of golf.
  • iTunes gift card so your golfer can fill her mp3 player full of the tunes that will get her pumped and focused on the 18 holes that lie ahead.
  • Rhinestone slider belt—last, but not least, add a Wear to Win original belt to your girl’s stocking and she will surely be pleased. With two-sided fabric and a sparkly rhinestone circle slider buckle, this belt can be worn on and off the course. Order yours today and take advantage of our free FedEx delivery. At checkout, don’t forget to use the code SwinginHoliday to receive a 10% discount.

Seeing that list gets us excited about our own stockings. What will we find? What do you hope to find in yours?