7 Ways To Modify Your Golf Gear For Winter

Try these tips to make your golf equipment perform better for you this winter

7 Ways To Modify Your Golf Gear For Winter
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7 Ways To Modify Your Golf Gear For Winter

Winter Golf presents its own set of unique challenges that some of your clubs won’t be fully optimised for and performance can really suffer. The softer ground limits the run you get on your drives and make pitching from muddy lies a living nightmare.

But there are ways you can make subtle changes to your equipment that will help you adapt much better to the testing conditions. It might require a bit of investment, or perhaps having a rummage in your garage, but the benefits could be worth it if you plan on playing a full winter schedule.

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We’ve highlighted seven simple changes you could make to your equipment for the winter and we’re confident they will make a big difference in your ability to score.

1. Add loft to your driver

Softer fairways means the distance you create off the tee will all come from carry, so you need to keep the ball in the air for as long as possible. To get your ball launching higher, consider adding some loft to your driver. Luckily, the best golf drivers on the market are usually adjustable for loft so can all facilitate this small and simple change that could make all the difference. Should you ever adjust your driver? The answer is normally no, but in this case we could make an exception.

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The hosel on the new TSi3 driver is adjustable for loft and lie independently.

On most drivers you to add up to two degrees of loft, sometimes independently of the face angle, like on the new Titleist TSR3 driver. As long as you don’t add too much spin, you could see overall distance increase as a result this winter. If you're unsure as to how, your local pro will be able to assist you.

2. Switch to higher-bounce wedges

When chipping on softer ground, the leading edge has a greater propensity to dig, which means you have to be very precise with the strike to make clean contact. To increase your margin for error, consider adding one of the best golf wedges with more bounce on the loft you chip with the most.

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The most forgiving wedges often have more bounce, which means the leading edge should stay up more through impact, encouraging the sole to glide along the top of the ground rather than dig. A wedge with a wider sole will also help increase your margin for error when chipping from wet lies.

Another option would be to invest in a cavity back style wedge, like the Cleveland CBX 2 or the Callaway Mack Daddy CB pictured above, which are much more forgiving than traditional wedge designs. This design has a similar effect, making it seem easier to nip the ball cleanly from tricky lies. If more drastic measures are required, the Ping ChipR certainly seemed to make getting the ball up and down an easier task in our testing.

3. Add weight to your putter

Not only are greens softer during winter but they don’t tend to be cut quite as low, which means they will be a lot slower than they are in the height of summer. The best putters come in all shapes and sizes but it is the weight that can play the biggest part in terms of performance in the winter.

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Rather than adopting a longer stroke, which can lead to a reduction in control of face angle, strike and distance, consider adding some weight to your putter. The extra mass will provide greater initial ball speed to counter the slower greens and it might even create a smoother tempo in your stroke too.

You could do it by adding lead tape to the sole or peferably by switching to a larger, mallet-style design. If you’re very fortunate though, your putter will have adjustable weight ports. The Mizuno M.Craft range, for example, comes with a weight kit so you change the weights in the sole of the putter to alter the feel - the perfect solution for putting on winter greens.

4. Switch to a distance golf ball

As we mentioned earlier, distance off the tee is all down to carry through the air and colder temperatures don't help so why not switch to on the best distance golf balls geared for maximum yardage, like the 2022 Titleist Velocity pictured below.

Titleist Velocity 2022 Golf Ball

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You might think you don’t want to lose out on short game control, but remember the greens are softer and slower so this goes some way to offsetting any reduction in spin you generate versus a urethane-covered ball.

Many brands also offer the choice of a yellow golf ball, which you might discover is easier to track through the air in the winter. Another tip would be to try and keep your ball warm in your pocket when you get the chance, especially before you tee off, as the colder a ball is the slower it becomes.

5. Try a synthetic glove

When it’s freezing out on the links, the feel in your fingers goes out the window, which negates much of the performance benefits you get from a cabretta leather glove. So a good option is to switch into a synthetic glove, which is often a tad thicker (and therefore warmer) and much more durable - you might find one lasts you the whole of the winter.

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Wet weather gloves are also a good option to try because they come in a pair, so keep both hands warm, and if it’s raining they become more grippy the wetter they get, so you won’t lose control when the heavens open and your playing partners are struggling to keep hold of their clubs when they swing. Alternatively, there are winter gloves that provides that extra warmth and protection versus a traditional golf glove as well as winter golf mitts that you wear in between shots.

6. Choose a stable, grippy pair of shoes

Having a stable pair of golf shoes that offer good grip is essential when playing golf in the winter months. Those flexible, lightweight shoes you’ve got might have been perfect for the summer, but they just won’t cut it when it’s wet and muddy outside.

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Consider investing in a pair of the best winter golf shoes that will have a more rigid sole unit to limit excess movement. They also need to offer really good grip - we’re not saying you should completely discount spikeless offerings, but cleated shoes will provide you with more grip to help prevent your feet from slipping when playing from a sodden lie.

For even more protection and stability, consider a pair of the best golf boots. One tip would be to use a tee to pick out mud from the soles of your shoes with a tee as often as you can during a round to make sure traction is maintained.

7. Buy a set of cart winter wheels

Many of us prefer to carry our stand bags during winter for the convenience it brings and how it gets the blood flowing on those cold mornings. But fo those loyal to electric golf trolleys, if your course is really wet a trolley ban will be in place unless you have a pair of winter wheels.

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These are designed to reduce the wear on the soft ground, there are options available from both Motocaddy and PowaKaddy that ensure you'll be conserving energy with your electric trolley while others struggle lugging their golf bag around.

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.3.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x