Just because the temperature is dipping in a lot of places around the country -- particularly the northeast -- doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a round of late-season golf.
So what can you do then to get the most out of your game in unfavorable conditions?
"Playing in less than ideal conditions is all about preparation," says Jim Salinetti, PGA Head Professional at Winchester Country Club in Winchester, Mass. "Golfers need to physically and mentally prepare."
Perhaps the most important part of that preparation is picking out your apparel. In the northeast, you're taught at a young age to wear layers -- "you can always remove a layer, but you can't add one if you don't have it with you," the adults would say.
That's not necessarily the case anymore, however.
"You need to dress the part," Salinetti explained. "Golfers have no excuse when it comes to dressing properly during cold conditions. Apparel companies are making products using modern technology and improved materials to help players stay warm while giving the body freedom to move."
See, so you don't have to be like the little brother in "A Christmas Story," bundled up in a snowsuit that won't even allow you the freedom to put your arms down:
Next, Salinetti says, just like in perfect conditions, getting a good stretch is a must... with one provision.
"Stretch indoors while your body is warm and be sure to hit a few balls on the range to get acclimated to the weather and temperature," he said.
The indoor stretch routine will help the body get limber quicker, as the blood gets flowing before heading outdoors.
The final tip to enjoying a round in less-than-ideal conditions is probably the most important: measure your expectations.
"Set realistic goals for the round," Salinetti said. "You probably aren't going to shoot your career round in frigid conditions, but it doesn't mean you can't play well. Enjoy the challenge. The conditions are the same for everyone, but the golfer who steps onto the golf course with the best attitude and proper expectations is the one who will succeed."