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Hello all. Question for those in warmer climates. I am considering getting a range pass for July - Oct. I would mainly be using this pass around 5pm during the week. Living in Lousiville, KY, the temp gets in the 90's and can be pretty humid. 


So, how do you guys stay cool at the range? 

 

TIA -Erik

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My $0.02 (your mileage may vary)

-Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Water or some sort of electrolyte drink will do wonders.

-Avoid wearing dark colors at all costs

-Wear light clothes (no khaki or cotton)

-Baby powder to prevent chafing

-Hat to absorb sweat and keep the sun off your face

-Rain glove on the range rather than a normal leather glove

-Ankle socks tend to let the legs breathe a bit 

-I'm personally more of a leather shoe guy, but sneaker-ish/mesh shoes could help

-Take breaks when you need to, go sit in the shade/in your cart and drink as much water as you can as often as necessary

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Hydration, hydration, hydration. Drink water plus electrolytes every day just for general health, but if not doing it for that then at least start so that you can deal with the heat better.

 

wear clothes designed to pull sweat off you, a cool towel for around the neck.

 

drink more water and electrolytes while practicing.

 

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4 minutes ago, Sp4zRX said:

• 64oz water bottle

• multiple gloves to rotate 

• 1-2 breaks in a cool shaded area per 100 balls

 

As others said, light colors and a hat helps too. 

Light colors... screw that  all black for me. Pants no shorts.

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This time of year sucks for practicing in the Southeast. We have a couple of Trackman bars in Chattanooga now but I can easily break a sweat swinging indoors this time of year. 

 

I think it's a good time to bypass the jumbo bucket and get a small one instead. A focused session where you only have 35 balls to hit can be very beneficial. It doesn't exactly simulate on-course pressure, but it can prevent you from raking and pounding aimlessly with no intention. 

 

 

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30 minutes ago, Sp4zRX said:


 I’m getting light headed just thinking about it. 🥵 

One of the reasons I wear that on the course, gets in opponents heads too 😛

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Wear comfortable clothing.  Ranges I go to don’t enforce golf attire on the range, so I more or less wear the same type of shorts and shirt I would to the gym.  Rain glove helps for sweat.

 

A small cooler with ice water so you can dunk a small face towel in it and use how you wish to cool yourself off.

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3 hours ago, edwelly said:

So, how do you guys stay cool at the range? 

I live and play in SOCAL, AZ, HI and TX, so play and maybe practice in the heat.   Two weeks back practiced and played in 110' heat.  Even though it was dry heat, it drained the hell out of all of us.  Besides my club towel, had two additional towels (one in ice water all the time) and a 64oz bottle of ice water as well as a 24oz bottle of water with LivPur.

 

If it's going to be hot, I do the same at the range as during play; take lots of water and depending on how long I will be there, perhaps energy snacks and a face towel.

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2 hours ago, me05501 said:

This time of year sucks for practicing in the Southeast. We have a couple of Trackman bars in Chattanooga now but I can easily break a sweat swinging indoors this time of year. 

 

I think it's a good time to bypass the jumbo bucket and get a small one instead. A focused session where you only have 35 balls to hit can be very beneficial. It doesn't exactly simulate on-course pressure, but it can prevent you from raking and pounding aimlessly with no intention. 

 

 

 

I am definitely going to use the small or medium buckets only. No large buckets during these sessions. I would like to really focus on a specific area when I so - like mid-irons or something along those lines. 

 

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1 minute ago, edwelly said:

 

Do you have a particular brand of cooling towel or just any cooling towel will work?

 

-Erik

Not really. The newer versions are better for those of us that just like to throw stuff in the bag forget about em. The old ones turn into baked potato chips

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15 minutes ago, edwelly said:

 

I am definitely going to use the small or medium buckets only. No large buckets during these sessions. I would like to really focus on a specific area when I so - like mid-irons or something along those lines. 

 

-Erik


My brain tends to shut down after about 50 balls. A lot of times I’ll finish a large bucket and only realize on my drive home that I wasted that last 25-30 shots. 

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1 minute ago, me05501 said:


My brain tends to shut down after about 50 balls. A lot of times I’ll finish a large bucket and only realize on my drive home that I wasted that last 25-30 shots. 

 

It is interesting that you said this. Last night I went to the Toptracer bay. And I started with the 56* and worked my up through the 6i. When I went back and looked at my data, it was easy to see two things:

1) my gapping distance got shorter between clubs (assuming I was getting tired)

2) my shot dispersion went from left to right

 

It was obvious that I should have stopped after ~50 balls based on my stats. But I just got new clubs and the ho in me wanted to hit them all 😁

 

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My brain tends to shut down after about 50 balls. A lot of times I’ll finish a large bucket and only realize on my drive home that I wasted that last 25-30 shots. 

Yeah, another good idea would be to just have the discipline to stop when you're tired. There is definitely a point of diminishing returns. The best thing to do sometimes is just put in some good work and then let it be. It would probably be prudent to really focus on quality over quantity and really make each ball count. I can't think of many worse golf experiences than frustrating "zombie" range sessions where you're just hitting and immediately raking over another ball in the heat. Go through your preshot routine, mix up the clubs you're using, maybe even clean them off between shots if it helps you stay fresh. 

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We (hubby and I) wimp out and go to the range at 7:30 in the evening. Luckily the range is lighted so we can melt plastic until 10:00 if we want. Keeps the heat index in the high 90s to low 100s so it's reasonable.

 

Just can't do late afternoons anymore. Too old to practice hours in the hot sun and humidity. Oh, we also use one hitting station between the two of us. Range is very crowded so we don't take up two stations and gives us rest breaks as we switch off.

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2 hours ago, kiawah said:

Yeah, another good idea would be to just have the discipline to stop when you're tired. There is definitely a point of diminishing returns. The best thing to do sometimes is just put in some good work and then let it be. It would probably be prudent to really focus on quality over quantity and really make each ball count. I can't think of many worse golf experiences than frustrating "zombie" range sessions where you're just hitting and immediately raking over another ball in the heat. Go through your preshot routine, mix up the clubs you're using, maybe even clean them off between shots if it helps you stay fresh. 

 

I've long been a sucker for the sunk cost fallacy but I think I'm getting a little better at walking away from spent money. I'll often leave balls on the range once I feel like I've done all I can do. 

 

Hell, last weekend we had tickets to a concert and I just couldn't get up the energy to go. Tried half-heartedly to give the tickets away but in the end they went unused. 

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I always cringe when people just state drink drink drink water without qualifying (no one in particular in this thread).  Did you know that hyponetremia is more common in athletics then dehydration?  If you only drink water, water, water you have unbalanced the salt content in your system and the water will not be absorbed. Hyponetremia results.  I've seen lots of cases in my racing days.  Yes, drink water, but not too much as it's just as bad as not enough.  During Ironman racing I took salt tablets every so often during races and training to prevent this.  Water is not a cure all in hot weather.  You have to be careful.

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Shorter, more focused sessions will be the key.  You’ll get nothing from grinding, sweating, and suffering through a marathon session where your focus is off and the club wants to come

flying out of your hand on every swing.  

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AZ dweller here. This year I have embraced electrolyte powders. I now use a neck drape with my bucket hat; dunk it in the cart cooler and put in on before walking to the green. Very refreshing and less cumbersome than a cooling towel around your neck while swinging a club. The brand is CoolNES and can be found on amazon. 

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Agree electrolyte powders can be a bit better as they'll make sure you don't get out of whack with all that water and two or three of those in the bag to mix in a single bottle saves a lot of weight over Gatorade or whatever else in your bag even if you're just lugging it around the practice area. 

 

Early morning or later in the evening when shade is actually a thing if possible will save you from a lot of hell out there.

 

One clothing recommendation I'll share is breathable wool and the like will also wick away moisture, costs the same as all the "tech fabrics" sold in retailers now, and won't be still sitting in a landfill not breaking down in a century like all the poly blend tech stuff. Food for thought next time anyone updates the wardrobe. 

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19 hours ago, 596 said:

I always cringe when people just state drink drink drink water without qualifying (no one in particular in this thread).  Did you know that hyponetremia is more common in athletics then dehydration?  If you only drink water, water, water you have unbalanced the salt content in your system and the water will not be absorbed. Hyponetremia results.  I've seen lots of cases in my racing days.  Yes, drink water, but not too much as it's just as bad as not enough.  During Ironman racing I took salt tablets every so often during races and training to prevent this.  Water is not a cure all in hot weather.  You have to be careful.

Nobody is getting hyponatremia on the driving range. Definitely found myself in that situation in Boston though 😉

 

I saw a kid last summer on the range that had a huge, portable umbrella and stand that bathed him in shade on an otherwise shadeless range. I was a bit jealous. 

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Would love to see a few courses get something like these put up. Easy to take in as needed and wouldn't need very expensive fabric as long as they aren't up 24/7, though I'd guess it's setting up enough mounting posts is where the heavier dosh comes in. 

 

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Some large arrays, maybe with a triangular cut to do well even in higher wind and require fewer attachment points, would be keen on those cloudless days. 

 

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Since they'd get use most of the year in many places the cost would be spread out decently. If any engineers are bored feel free to sketch out how high a setup would have to go to give good shade coverage on a decent size range from noonish onwards :)

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On 6/20/2024 at 11:42 AM, Sp4zRX said:


 I’m getting light headed just thinking about it. 🥵 

95*+ yesterday walked 27 on a hilly course.

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