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The Importance Of Sunscreen For Golfers

Posted by Mike Sharp on

Our Founder and Managing Director, Mike Sharp, is an avid golfer and he knows golfers spend a lot of time outside in the sun. A single round can last from 4 to 6 hours which is a lot of time to be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Even on days when there is significant clouds in the sky, good sun protection is important. Mike has done some research and would like to share 9 ways you can use to protect yourself? 

1) Use a Sunscreen Suited to Your Sport Every Time You Tee It Up.

Use an SPF50 Broad Spectrum sunscreen to ensure you are getting both UVA and UVB protection. This also applies to days where there is cloud cover as 80% of UV rays still get through. 

2) Apply your sunscreen at least 20 min before you play. 

This will ensure you get the best protection from your first drive. If you apply when you are standing on the 1st Tee, then it’s already a bit late.

3) Make sure you use the correct amount of sunscreen and apply it correctly. 

The general rule is a teaspoon of sunscreen for each arm and leg, and a similar amount to cover your face, ears and neck. Rub it into your skin until there is no white film remaining. 

4) Use a sunscreen that does not leave a greasy residue on your hands.

A lot of golfers refuse to wear sunscreen as they claim it impacts their performance by having greasy hands, making it more difficult to hold the club. Our 1st Tee Golfers Sunscreen is not the only product on the market with this feature, but it is one of only a few, and it is made for golfers. 

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5) Re-apply Sunscreen Every Two Hours

This is one that most golfers fail to do either because they forget, or don’t want sunscreen on their hands during their rounds. But it is important, especially on warm days so make it part of your “half way through the round” routine and see #4 for the solution to greasy hands.

6) Find a Shady Place Whenever You Can

Riding in a cart will give you a certain amount of shade, but if you are like me and enjoy the walk, then try and find a shady place to stand whenever possible. You are walking 6klm’s + in a round so moving to the tree line in between shots, or when waiting for a partner to hit, won’t add that many more steps. For some of us we are there reasonably often anyway. 

7) Wear a Hat

I rarely see golfers not wearing a hat these days so this one seems easy. To get the best protection for your face, ears, and neck, a wide-brimmed hat is preferred.

8) Wear Long Sleeves and Pants

This is the best way to protect your skin from the sun. A number of companies make golf apparel with UPF ratings (make sure it is at least 30) which actually make you feel cooler. Don’t knock it until you try. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. 

9) Wear Sunglasses

You may have noticed on very hot days how the sun reflects from the ground, especially if the grass coverage is a little dry. This can be damaging to your eyes and the best protection is to wear sunglasses that are accredited to block 100% of the UV rays. 

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