Beginner's Guide To Playing Golf In The Rain
If you are new to the game of golf and are venturing out to play in the rain, you are certainly braver than most. Not that you shouldn’t take on this challenge. It may not be your most enjoyable golf session, but it shows your commitment to the game and will do a lot for your technique. Here are some tips on what to do when playing in the rain.
How to manage your equipment in the rain
While everything else around you is wet, it’s important to make sure your equipment isn’t. Take at least one large towel for your clubs and a small drying cloth for your ball. You may also want to invest in a waterproof cover for your golf bag so that you aren’t spending half your time worrying about wet equipment.
Train for bunker shots
Muddy surfaces and wet terrain will not only hinder your shot, but they will also mess with your balance. Before you try playing in the rain, make sure you are familiar with bunker play. The two are very similar in some ways. First, your feet need to be steady when addressing the shot. Second, you are dealing with soft, unstable surfaces which will hinder the ball’s trajectory. Finally, a ball will not travel that far in the rain, so strategic play should be put before distance.
Don’t be careless about your health
Too many new golfers catch a cold from playing in wet weather. But you can still play in the rain without getting sick. Just make sure you are properly dressed so that your clothes don’t get wet. If you start to feel damp on your skin, rather cancel and live to play another day.
Gloves: One pair just won’t cut it
Something you may not have thought of is how difficult it will be to grip your club in the rain. Take a few pairs of golf gloves with you and be sure to take them off right after you’ve made your wing. Three pairs should be enough to rotate and play comfortably without getting them too wet.
So don’t let the rain put you off. Many professional golfers refuse to play in the rain and they consequently lose out on some serious training. Give it a try—and if you get good at playing in the rain, just think how your game will improve.