Up for a weekend gateway at one of the Dallas area golf courses? Looking forward to some wonderful rounds of golf under the sun? Now, who does not love the sunshine? But as we all know too much of a good thing is actually bad. Nothing could be truer in this context than an exposure to the direct sunlight. The sun’s harmful rays can do ample damage to a golfer’s skin if they don’t protect it properly. This is particularly the case if you are playing golf when the sun’s rays are the strongest, that is, between 11 am and 3 pm. So, how to outsmart those harmful UV rays when you are playing the 18 holes? Follow the golden rule of sun protection. Cover your skin. The more skin you cover, the safer you are. Know what? While using sunscreen is the standard practice, it is not the only weapon at your disposal – there are more ways you can stay sun-safe while teeing off. Read on to know the tricks:

Clothing

Your clothing can go a long way to save you from the harmful UV rays as you enjoy a good time in the green. Long sleeved shirts with high neckline or collar and full pants can give you better protection.

Choose tightly woven fabric for your golf clothing. These materials block the sunrays better.

Many sportswear companies specialize in manufacturing UV blocking golf shirts. While buying such products, check the labels for ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). The higher the UPF, the better it is.

If you want to wear your regular half-sleeve golf shirts, you can still keep your arms protected from the sun’s rays by using sun protection sleeves.

Choose dark colored fabrics over white and other lighter shades. Darker shades are better at blocking UV rays.

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Sunglasses

UV rays can badly damage your eyes. So, don’t head to the greens without wearing a good pair of shades. Choose brands that use top-rated polarized glasses. They should also have a good clarity so that you can clearly see the vista ahead of you. These specially designed sunglasses do not only protect your eyes from the sun, but also add an extra edge to your game.

Golf hats

While in Rome, do as the Romans do. While in Texas, why not dress like a cowboy? They did really know how to save their skin without the use of sunscreen. The large-brimmed hats, leather vest, bandanas – each piece played their respective parts in protecting these fortune-hunters under the sun, as they chased the gold trails in the Wild West. So come prepared in the desert state. Invest in a wide and stiff-brimmed hat, preferably with vents at the top. Use specially designed hats that leverage cooling technologies and helps you stay comfortable under the sun.

Choose Broad Spectrum Sunscreens

Whether you are using all of the above mentioned items or not, the use of broad-spectrum sunscreens is must. These products protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Good quality sunblock creams absorb, reflect, or scatter the sunlight. Ideally, you need to use two ounces of sunscreen per application. Be sure to reapply every two hours. Apply the cream at least 20 minutes before you hit the greens. Use a product with at least 50 SPF. Using a higher SPF does not mean that you can use less.

Now that you know how to stay protected from the scorching desert sun, stop worrying and start packing for your trip to the Dallas area golf courses. Remember these tips and keep serious sun damages at bay. Enjoy teeing off in some of the best golf courses of the US.