Right Equipment to Play Golf and Stay Dry in the Rain, Smooth Swing
There is nothing worse for a golfer than wandering round a golf course soaking wet and scoring badly. It is demoralising and completely unenjoyable. The only thing to look forward to is a hot shower at the end of the round, but even then you know it’s possible the hot water might have run out.
Playing golf in the rain can make golfers want to give up, but preparing properly, making sure you have the right equipment to keep your hands and clubs dry, it is possible to maintain your rhythm and finish with a good score.
Essential Equipment to Keep Dry in the Rain
- Waterproof suit – invest in one they normally come with a two year a guarantee
- Waterproof shoes – nothing worse than a wet pair of feet with another two miles to walk
- Gloves – even when wet these hold the club well
- Towels – take out more than you need, better safe than sorry
- Hats – aviod getting a cold head – make sure it has a brim to keep the water from running down your neck
- Umbrella – absolutely mandatory
- Rain Hood – most golf shops stock these and they fit completely over the bag giving maximum protection.
Stay in Control
This section is about how to stay in control of yourself. When playing golf in the rain, it’s all too easy to lose patience and hurry your golf shots. This is the time, contrary to your instinct, to slow down.
Make sure that when you reach your ball you give yourself enough time to wipe down your grip to get it dry. As much as you want to speed up, make sure you stick to the pre-shot routine you normally adopt. If you usually have a practise swing, make sure you have one.
When using a driver, make sure you wipe the face of the club after a practise swing. In rain, a film of water covers the surface of the clubface minimizing the effect of the groves. This can lead to shots slipping off the club with incredible inaccuracy.
Above all take your time and try not to be hurried along by your playing partners who might well be rushing to get back to the club house.
Maintain your Rhythm for Better Shots
Keeping a good pace and rythum to your swing is the key to hitting the ball well in adverse weather, particularly when it’s raining. Try to follow these guidelines.
- Take more club than you need and hit the ball gently
- Make sure you swing through to a full finish
- Be willing to use a three wood off the tee and swing within yourself. The added loft will impart necessary backspin to hold the ball straight in the air
- On the green make sure you realise the surface has slowed because of the rain – hit the putts more firmly but smoothly. Even the small shots require rhythm
- In bunkers bury your feet into the sand before you hit to make sure you find out if the sand has become compacted
Your body language on the course will have an affect on your ability to perform. Even though you hate every minute of playing in the rain, force a smile on your face. Incredibly it will make a difference and can knock shots off your score.