Chicago’s, winter temperatures are now closer to normal; that is, meteorologists report wind chills. For brave souls who venture forth onto frozen fairways to practice or play, observers are likely to see that the knuckles of such golfers are prominent. This is Frosty the Iceman weather.
Manufacturers do not manufacture golf gloves to keep golfers’ hands warm. These gloves’, primary functions are to prevent slippage when golfers swing their clubs, and although golfers may wear these gloves in normal, winter temperatures; these hand coverings receive the most exposure in spring, summer and autumn. (Golf gloves usually have removable clasps and/or buttons that golfers can use to mark their golf balls.)
Therefore, if golfers wear golf gloves or woolen gloves while playing in normal winter temperatures, they will form their hands into fists, prominently displaying their knuckles, to warm their hands. (Humans’ extremities, which include the fingers and hand, become cold quicker than their torsos.) This action will certainly occur during nine holes rounds in 20 degree temperatures.
The golfing procedure that includes swinging golf clubs is insufficient to provide adequate hand warmth, partly because of insufficient friction between the gloves (vinyl or woolen) and the hands. However, this time of year, Chicago’s golfers may rub their gloved hands together to warm their hands. (Some golfers may also have some hand warmers that produce heat by chemical reactions. Dick’s Sporting Goods has Grabber Hand Warmers available for purchase.)
Mittens, of course, are warmer than gloves. However, these hand warmers are less flexible than gloves. I have never seen golfers try to swing clubs while wearing mittens.
I am certain that at least, one, Chicago-land Golf Course is open—Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. I suggest that golfers, who intend to play 18 holes on one of this facility’s course, carry hand warmers. For golfers who intend to play only 9 holes, prominently displaying their knuckles may be sufficient.