OK, it’s not easy to avoid a bit of potential phnar-phnah content, a la ’Carry on Golfing’, but the fact is, like batteries, or even our own bodies, golf balls perform better if they are warm.
Try an experiment. Pop a golf ball in the airing cupboard overnight and another (which you can distinguish from the first!) in your car. Next time you go to the practice ground, keep the warmed up golf ball snug in a mitt with an activated hand-warming pouch in it. First hit the car-cold ball. Now hit the warm ball. We bet you that the warm one will go further.
The gently heated ball will travel more easily through the air, and over 18 holes it could add up to 2 or 3 shots of advantage. Our resident pro suggests having 2 heated golf balls which you can alternate – one is in play, the other is in the heated mitt! As long as the use of 2 alternating golf balls is permitted, this is not illegal, or cheating. But even if you don’t fancy playing a whole round this way, (or your fellow players object!) it’s an interesting experiment at least. Yes, OK, we are golf nerds. And proud