How To Play Golf In The Rain
There are no shortcuts in golf. It takes practice and commitment to get better. So why let a little thing like the weather get in the way of your golf? We have teamed up with UberGolf to offer you a complete guide on how to play golf in the rain.
In hotspots like the Dallas Fort Worth area, it’s hard to book tee-times on normal weekends. But come rain, golfers start skulking away from the course like Theon from Game of Thrones. But this is the perfect time for the enthusiasts to practice
Yes, it can be done. And no, it’s not absurd to play golf in the rain when tee-times are scarce.
In this post we explore the precautions you can take while playing golf in the rain:
- The challenges you’ll encounter of playing on a wet course
- What kit you’ll need
- How rain affects your playing conditions
- How to ‘build’ a golf swing capable of overcoming all elements
- What clubs to use
- Putting in the rain
- The importance of acceptance.
But we urge you to be cautious. Don’t play under heavy thunder and lightning. So if lightning strikes, choose life over golf. For the rain-only scenarios, we cover a number of items and tricks that will help you practice. It ultimately depends on your patience and persistence whether your rainy practice is fruitful or not.
What You Need To Play Golf In The Rain
Will Power – We are not kidding. Playing golf in the rain sounds strange as it is. But if you want to improve you may not even have a choice. Maybe the course is booked at all times. Maybe the crowd distracts you while you swing.
Playing golf in the rain can avoid all these issues.
Waterproof everything – But rain poses many challenges. You will need a lot of waterproof supplies to play golf in the rain. We will go into the details in the next section. Before you invest in waterproof items, evaluate how often you will use them.
Here’s your step by step instructions on how you can beat the monsoons to play golf in the rain (everyday, if you like):
The first step is to secure yourself against rain. Look for lightweight rain jacket coupled with waterproof pants. The jacket should be such that it does not leave your waist exposed when the arms are raised. This way your clothes will remain dry even when you take the swing. Avoid heavy jackets otherwise your swing will be restricted.
Check your mobility in the rain trousers before buying them. We suggest looking for pairs with vertical zippers at the bottom. This allows you to fold them up fast and also walk faster when the rain abates.
Waterproof Cleated Golf Shoes
Waterproof golf shoes are plenty in the market. Note that even the waterproof shoes eventually get wet when subjected to water continuously for a long time. So take cover as much as possible to keep your socks dry.
We have covered the best golf shoes which include spikeless golf shoes with good traction too.
The grass on the golf course will be more slippery than usual. You need solid plastic cleats or metal cleats under the golf shoes. These cleats hold on to the ground tight and allow stable swing while it rains. Make sure you have fully-functional tight cleats before you start playing the rain. Always carry extra cleats so you can replace them if they come off.
Golf umbrellas are different from regular umbrellas. They are larger and have a double-canopy for extra protection against rain. They can cover you and your golf bag too. Some of them come as packs of 2 or 3. If you play with another determined partner, these could come in handy. These umbrellas are not just waterproof, they are wind-proof too.
Golf Gloves have the very essential function of affording you a solid grip on the golf club. Highly ventilated golf gloves made of leather or synthetic material are available in the market. Keep at least 2-3 sets of golf gloves with you when you play golf in the rain. There are special rain gloves for extra traction on the clubs for when it rains. Consider buying these.
Waterproof Bag Cover
Water can wreak havoc inside your golf bag. Golf clubs can rust and you might be carryin
g other supplies too which won’t don’t like water (like your scorecard). Buy a waterproof cover for your golf bag. This will close off the top of the golf bag and prevent water from seeping in. Make sure it has watertight seams and zippers so that water does not leak in here either. (Image Source)
We cannot emphasize enough how important towels are to your arsenal on a cold rainy day on the golf course. You will feel like wiping water away from a million surfaces, your clubs, your body, your bag. You need dry towels in plenty on rainy days. One clever trick to store dry towels is to hang them off the frame of the umbrella. This way they stay in the dry shade of the umbrella and are easily accessible too.
Finding it hard to look through the rain and sleet? A best golf GPS will help you find the distance between yourself and the target even in the blind. They also carry information and location of hazards which help you to decide not to fire in the direction of the hidden pot bunker up the fairway.
You can also go for GPS watches too. Although to play in rain you will be better-served by an aerial map that’s more common in golf GPS handhelds. If you don’t want to splurge on golf GPS devices, you can go for a golf GPS smartphone app. Laser rangefinders might be harder to direct on the target than using golf GPS.
Don’t want to catch a cold chasing after golf practice? Then protect your head. The best golf hats shield your eyes against sun AND the rain. The bill of the cap keeps raindrops from falling into your eyes and also protects your face from the lashing rains. Majority of body heat also tends to escape from the head. Golf hats will help you retain the body heat. Shivering isn’t a trait of winners!
Golf Cart With Umbrella Holder
If you use a golf push cart, get one with an umbrella holder. This creates a unified system to prop the umbrella while it protects your golf gear. And you don’t need to go chasing after the umbrella when the wind blows.
How Rain Affects The Lie
Now you are all stocked up with the waterproof golf gear, let’s focus on the difference rain makes to the game. The ground at the golf course becomes soft and the ball-roll reduces so the ball will not go as far as you expect from a normal shot.
In the sand bunker, the ball will move faster out of wet sand than it does from dry sand. So you won’t have to use all your might to swing the ball out of the sand bunker.
The Rain Stance
During rain, you need a strong foothold to launch from. You must opt for a wider stance than usual to hold your ground.
Make sure the grips of the golf clubs you use in rain are dry. Wet grips will cause them to slip out of your hands and even injure someone. Here’s where the dry towels and water-resistant golf gloves come in.
Choke down on each club by half an inch. With water on the ground, you need more control than you need distance. By sinking your grip by 0.25-0.5 inches, you avoid fat shots.
Slower Ball Roll
Like we explained before, the ball does not roll that far on wet grass. You need to compensate for that by choosing higher irons or woods. Chipping and putting may not require the finesse they usually do. Drop the golf ball further back in the stance for these shots. And play the ball solid without holding back any momentum. It’s likely that the ball will stop where it lands. Try to take one club higher while taking the approach shots.
Woods vs Irons
Irons are hard to drive as it is. During rain, their grooves get filled with water and create more complications. Switch out the long irons for hybrids or woods. These will have more loft which helps lift the ball cleanly off the turf and launch into a high shot.
Putting In The Rain
Putting in the practice means putting in the rain. Putting is a very precise act. Even the smallest change to the ball may change your putting dynamics. When the ball is out in the rain, it’s dimples fill up with water. The ball may slip and deflect from its usual course. The key is to keep the ball dry as long as possible. Use your marker to line up the putt instead of the golf ball. Bring out the ball only when you are ready to take the shot.
The Importance of Acceptance
A key factor in the success of playing golf in the rain is accepting that you might not do as well as you do on a sunny day. Be ready to add at least 5 strokes to your usual score. Figure this in before you go comparing your scores in the rain to your usual scores.
Do not underrate the pleasure of playing golf in the rain. It can be fun and challenging.
With the right waterproof gear and some grit you might even make a game out of a wet day. Rain changes the nature of the golf course, so your game should compensate for that. With minor changes to your game strategy, we are confident you can get ahead of the challenges posed by the rain. This way you don’t have to break your practice schedule. And you are likely to have the course to yourself.
We hope you found our tips for playing golf in the rain helpful. If we motivated you to take this step, let us know your experiences in the comments below. Share the love of UberGolf with fellow golfers too.