14th November 2018
Are you one of those golfers who checks the weather forecast before they decide to play? And would you decide against a round of golf if you thought you'd get caught in a downpour? Some of us are perfectly happy to play through any condition, come rain or shine. But for those of us who are a bit more wary of being soaked through, here are some tips for surviving the wet weather while enjoying your game.
Wear waterproofs! - A good rain suit will probably cost a pretty penny, but it is definitely a worthwhile investment. Discounted brands are rarely as good as the real thing, and no one wants to get soaked through within the first ten minutes so spending a bit more is the way to go when it comes to rain suits. A good pair of rain gloves will improve your grip in the wet weather, and a rain hat is also a good idea. Water proof shoes are also essential, and surprisingly not all golf shoes are waterproof. The same applies for golf bags - it's worth checking before you buy.
Bring an umbrella - Although useless in the windy weather or if you are in a cart, an umbrella will most certainly come in handy if you are walking and get caught in a sudden shower.
Bring spares - A few extra golf balls, another scorecard in case the first one falls apart in the rain, even a spare change of clothes for that post-game drink.
Adjust - Wet sands and greens can make things more difficult. Hit your putts a little firmer as wet greens will run slower than normal. Shots from wet sand tend to fly further than normal, so slow the pace down.
Keep them covered - No one wants to play with wet slippery golf clubs, so keep them covered with the rain hood that came with your golf bag
Most importantly, make sure you keep a positive attitude and enjoy your game!