If you’re an avid golfer, then at some point you have probably played a round in the rain. Whether you set out during a rainy day in an attempt to get a round in or got caught in a mid-round storm, what matters is that the shot makes it in the hole. However, bad weather conditions can distract the golfer’s mind and have an effect on their play. On a course where every shot must be well thought out, rainy weather certainly increases the challenge. To keep the day fun and relaxing, carry out these tips to adapt your golf game to the drizzling climate.
1. Dress Accordingly!
We highly suggest wearing layers so that you can keep your core warm and able to regulate. Carry some hand warmers in your gear just in case it gets too cold. Wear a rain hat or beanie cap to keep the head warm. Try wearing a compression shirt, your normal golf polo on top, and lastly your lightweight waterproof outerwear. The compression shirt will wick away your sweat and keep your body insulated. Bring towels with you to keep your hands and clubs dry, and don’t forget your waterproof pants and shoes.
2. Keep Your Gear Dry
If you have a caddie, he will most likely keep your clubs under an umbrella but if you don’t, have a pushcart with an umbrella. Continuously dry your club grips before every shot. A good investment to have is a rain hood or cover because it will assist with keeping your clubs dry.
3. Be Aware of the Weather Conditions
It’s important to know what natural obstacles you will be up against when it comes to the weather. After researching what the conditions will be like, it can still be hard to understand which play tactics are best to use.
Practice these golf techniques for playing in wet conditions:
- Try to play a club up and not swing too hard. Just because it may be windy does not mean you should swing harder. Take into account the effect that the wind and rain will have on your ball’s flight.
- Another point to remember is that the grooves of your irons can fill with water when the grass and ball are wet. Because of this, you may hit some semi-flyer shots due to the inability to produce more backspin on the ball. To make a balanced and controlled swing without slipping, consider taking one club more than usual to guarantee better approach shots.
- If the course is wet, you will sink from the saturated ground. Grip down on the club the same pressure you feel you are sinking at your feet. Doing this will help you avoid hitting fat shots. To promote solid contact, ¼ to ½ inches is considered an appropriate amount.
- Keep your golf ball dry as long as possible to endorse a smoother roll. The water in and around the dimples will make it difficult to have clean contact with the golf ball which will make it slip on the initial roll and at impact. Instead of the ball, use your marker to line the putt up. When you are ready to stroke the putt, then set the ball down, keeping it off the ground as long as possible.
- If your ball lands in wet sand, it will come out farther and faster than it will dry sand. Just swing easily with good balance as you will not be able to get under the wet sand as easily.
What are your tips for playing in the rain at golf courses in Bucks County, PA?