Not many golfers prefer playing in the rain, but golfing in wet conditions isn’t something that’s planned. It just happens and rain makes it nearly impossible for any golfer to perform at his/her best. All of a sudden, the whole golf course changes and it would seem the game, which you love so much, has suddenly become so difficult and a lot more challenging. The best way to tackle the wet condition is to plan and prepare well. Here are 5 essential suggestions that’ll help you adjust to the wet condition.
Let’s begin with the items that are indispensable in the rain. When the wind gusts and the rain beats hard a big golf umbrella is a must carry. It won’t completely save you from getting wet, but it’s a must to keep your gear dry for a long time. Along with umbrella carry an extra pair of gloves and quite a few dry towels. If you’re in the habit of using gloves, then you’ll need at least a couple of extras. Keep them dry by wrapping them up in a plastic bag.
As we mentioned above preparation is the key to play in the rain. If you’ve chosen to play on a course that sees a lot of rain, then prepare yourself by purchasing proper rain gear. Caps, pants, jackets, shoes and socks that are waterproof will help you stay dry for a long period of time. It’ll also keep you warm in wet, cold conditions.
The ball normally travels faster on dry grass, so while golfing in the rain the grass, especially, the grass on the course greens will be a lot slower. Put some effort into your putting while playing in the wet conditions. Moreover, the ball won’t curve much when the grass in wet. Keep these two important points in mind.
On a golf course that has soaked-in plenty of water players tend to sink a little. This would certainly change how players play the game. Normally, experienced golfers would grip the club slightly down to counter the loss of height. Don’t grip the club way down, just a quarter or half an inch would be more than enough. Also, water would bind the sand to make it slightly firm. When you play the normal bunker shot in the rain the ball would travel faster and longer. To adjust to wet sand swing easy and swing with less power.
It’s not all bad news for golfers in the rain. The grass on the course – more particularly the greens and fairways – becomes soft; this reduces the bounce of the ball. When the course is wet the fairways look wider and due to less bounce the chances of going out of bounds diminishes considerably.