Tips for Playing Golf in Bad Weather

There’s a quote floating around the online golf community that goes like this: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!” Of course, something this salient and well-said is attributed to an anonymous genius. Nonetheless, this thought rings true for a subgroup of golfers whose desire to play the game cannot be bound by inclement weather, be it the cold, rain, or snow. These people are extremists, enthusiasts, and all-weather golfers whose desire to play can be measured only in will power. This post is for them.

Here at Northampton Valley Country Club, our Bucks County golf courses have seen the likes of the aforementioned extremists come and go during all four seasons. If this sounds like you, or if playing golf literally any time sounds like something you’d be interested in, allow us to share some of our expertise in the realm of all-weather golfing.

So, if you fancy yourself an all-weather golfer, read on. If you’re considering becoming an all-weather golfer, read on. In fact, no matter who you are, read on!

Consider the Course

You need to determine whether or not the course you’ve got your sights set on is playable. This question can be answered by answering the following question: Has the ground recently been frozen or thawed? If the answer is “yes,” then the course is not playable. Grass that is going in and out of the thawing process can be permanently damaged by footsteps. However, grass that has either been frozen or not been frozen for a significant period of time can be walked on without fear of causing permanent damage.

Consider Your Gear

First things first: Keep your hands and grips dry! How can you get a good swing if you can’t control the club? If you’re golfing in the rain or snow, you have no chance of turning in a satisfactory performance without the advantage of a few dry towels, an umbrella, a rain jacket, and rain gloves.

Forget About The Ball

DO NOT worry about the ball. The ball is fine. Any changes you may perceive in the density of your golf ball during weather fluctuations is probably anything but that. So when you find yourself switching grips, keep in mind that all you’re doing is making your fingers and hands more comfortable, and not dealing with a physics-defying ball. By all means, adjust – just don’t fool yourself!

Know Yourself

Don’t expect to go out there on a cold, windy, or rainy day and have the same ability you would on any day in the spring or summer. Know that your coordination is going to off and your strength will be noticeably impaired. The best thing you can do is keep your body warm by staying in motion as much as possible. Bounce around to keep the blood going and get as close as you can to optimal form.

We hope you found these tips useful, or entertaining at the very least. If you’re looking for a golf course in Bucks County, PA or its surrounding areas, give us a call to learn more about Northampton Valley Country Club.