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FAQs

What is Swingshade Golf?

Swingshade Golf is the first ever personal shading device for the golfer to use on the golf and chipping range.

Can any size golfer use Swingshade Golf?

Yes any size golfer can use Swingshade Golf.  Swingshade Golf was designed to adjust in height so any size golfer can use it, with any club.

Can Swingshade block the sun in all directions?

Yes Swingshade Golf was designed to block the sun in any direction. The shade can rotate and slide 360 degrees to block the harmful rays of the sun.  This allows the golfer to remain in the shade no matter where the sun is in the sky.

Can Swingshade Golf withstand high winds?

Swingshade Golf has been tested and proven to withstand winds up to 25 mph

How long does it take to set up Swingshade?

Swingshade Golf can be assembled/dissembled and stored quickly and easily.  The aluminum poles are used to ensure its extremely light weight. Swingshade can be set up in just a quick minute.

What some other features of Swingshade Golf?

Swingshade Golf was designed to hold your cell phone which allows you to video tape your swing. It also has the ability to hold you water bottle and/or drink.

Can I use Swingshade Golf while playing a round of golf?

No, Swingshade golf was designed to be used on the range to block the harmful rays of the sun and lower the relative feel temperature.

I play most of my golf in Arizona. Am I at a greater risk in areas where the sun is more intense?

Surprisingly, Arizona didn't crack the top 10 among states with the highest number of melanoma cases. According to the American Cancer Society, 62,480 cases are projected this year. Three Sunbelt states topped the chart: California (7,620 cases), Florida (4,430) and Texas (3,940). But because the next seven spots were occupied by Northern states, experts struggle to reach a consensus about geography's role in skin cancer. "It's a tricky question," says Dr. Perry Robins, president of the Skin Cancer Foundation. "Obviously you're at greater risk in the Sunbelt states and at higher altitudes. But, then again, people who live in states that don't get a lot of sun might tend to overdo it when the sun is out."

Does the color of your skin make a difference?

Though skin cancer is less common in people with darker skin, it's often more deadly because it's harder to detect. "And melanoma can sometimes occur in non-sun-exposed areas, including the soles of the feet," says Dr. Bruce Brod, a dermatologist who also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is a weekend golfer. "Dark-skinned people still have to be concerned with skin cancer."

My skin is loaded with freckles and sunspots from too many years on the range. How can I check myself for skin cancer?

Every expert we spoke with said you should see a dermatologist once a year. In the meantime, you should inventory the moles, freckles and blemishes on your body -- make mental notes or take pictures. Then check monthly for changes. Don't forget those hard-to-see places like your scalp and backs of the legs and neck. Changes in color, size and texture are what you're looking for. Watch for spots or sores that continue to itch, bleed or don't heal. For more on melanomas, visit skincancer.org and click on "melanoma" and then "warning signs."

 

 

 

As a kid, I spent every summer at the beach or playing golf. We didn't use sunscreen. Is it too late for me to reverse the damage done to my body?

It's never too late. If you start protecting yourself now, the skin can begin to repair itself, much like the lungs do when someone quits smoking. Contrary to popular belief, 80 percent of your lifetime sun exposure is not acquired by age 18, says the Skin Cancer Foundation. You've actually acquired 23 percent. After that, it jumps to 47 percent by age 40, and 74 percent by age 59.

Is there such a thing as a healthy tan?

Some experts recommend 15 to 20 minutes of unprotected sunlight a day so the body gets an ample supply of vitamin D. A tan is the body trying to protect the skin against further damage from the sun. So no tan is healthy. The Skin Cancer Foundation is "strongly against" 15 to 20 minutes of unprotected sunlight exposure, but the American Cancer Society says "most people need only 15 minutes a day, three times a week of sun exposure to make enough vitamin D. And you need only exposure to your hands, arms and face." The answer we liked best came from Dr. Kates: "Even if you're wearing sunscreen, you aren't blocking out the sun entirely," he says. "So just by putting on some sunscreen and going out to play a round of golf, you will get more than enough vitamin D."

What is sunburn, and does it lead to skin cancer?

The burn is a result of ultraviolet rays damaging the skin's DNA. If you've had five or more sunburns in your life, you've doubled your chances of getting melanoma.

 

What about hair and lips?

Lips are a prime breeding ground for skin cancer, says Dr. Jaffe, because golfers forget to apply a lip balm with SPF protection. "It's skin, too," he says. If you forgot a hat, shame on you. But you can spray an alcohol-based sunscreen into the scalp to keep from scorching the top of your head. It's perfectly safe for hair. And don't forget the skin behind the ears. Dr. Jaffe says those areas get pummeled by the sun.

What should I be looking for in hats and clothes?

Nearly all golf-clothing manufacturers offer merchandise that has UPF protection. "In the early years, I wasn't aware that normal clothing didn't protect me from the sun," says Greg Norman, whose apparel company offers sunscreen materials in its clothes. "I distinctly remember playing the Australian Skins in the '80s in North Queensland and suffering intense sunburn through my shirt." 

As seen onhttps://www.golfdigest.com/story/skincare