Golf in the Rain: Here’s 10 Tips
Try not to let the conditions of playing golf in the rain affect your normal routines. The best rain players always take their time and stay patient.
Playing golf in the rain creates a number of challenges. A golf course changes significantly in the rain. You need to adjust your game accordingly. When you plan to play in the rain, be prepared to play in it. Pack all the equipment you’ll need to handle the wetness:
- Umbrella – A definite must! An umbrella will help protect you from the elements.
- Proper Gear – You will need to invest in proper equipment, including a waterproof jacket and pants, footwear and rain gloves. This gear should be considered part of your equipment and is very important to playing well in the rain and staying warm. Tip: Keep an extra pair of socks in your bag, too, in case the advertiser lied about those “waterproof” shoes.
- Wear a Hat – Wear a hat to help you stay warm and also to keep the rain out of your eyes. We prefer the old Payne Stewart style (Bryson DeChambeau has it down).
- Towels – Bring extra towels and gloves and hang them on the inside of your umbrella to help keep them as dry as possible so you can use them during your round.
- Keep Your Grips Dry – Wipe the grip and shaft after every shot to help keep the grips dry and avoid your hands slipping during a swing.
- Rain Hood – Use your rain hood for your golf bag to help keep your clubs dry. There are also many rain hoods on the market that will provide rain protection for your entire golf bag.
- Know How the Rain Affects the Golf Ball – Try taking one club more than usual to ensure better approach shots. This will help you to make a controlled and balanced swing to prevent slipping.
- Grip Down on the Club – When the ground becomes saturated with water you will sink. So to avoid hitting fat shots grip down on the club the same amount you feel that you sink into the ground.
- Putting In The Rain – “Remember, anything you can do to keep your putter dry will help! However, this can be a challenge so the most important thing to focus on is the line and weight of your putt. Typically the green will not break as much as it would when the surface is dry and the speed will be reduced. So aim closer to the hole and be firm with your roll!” says David Woods, Director of Golf at The Vintage Club.
- Wet Sand – When hitting the ball out of wet sand the ball usually comes out faster and farther than out of dry sand. So to avoid hitting over the green, swing easy with good balance.