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Golf Article - Tips for Playing Golf in the Rain


If you were a playing golf in Scotland in the 15th century and it rained, you could expect your ball to quickly disintegrate into a mess of boiled goose feathers. Balls these days don't disintegrate when they get wet, but playing in the rain still has its potential hazards. For starters, rain on a ball will affect distance, both in the air and on the roll. Rain also makes the greens slower and creates drag on the ball, so you'll need to hit putts harder.

Playing in the rain needs a bit of thought too. You don't really want your hands to be wet when gripping the club. If they are, you will tend to grip tighter, which is not a good thing. Keep your hands in your pockets until just before play, or wear waterproof gloves. Rain suits are a good idea too, but suit up in the locker room - before your clothes get all wet. Rain suits are a bit more restrictive, but wearing one beats catching a bad cold and missing the next game of golf!


Waterproof shoes are a great idea too. No use keeping your body dry if your feet get soaked. You'll probably need to practice a bit in your rain suit and see how it affects your game. Pack some towels to take around the course with you, then you'll be able to wipe the grips of your clubs dry just before use.

Another thing that happens when playing golf in the rain is that your feet will sink into the green. To counteract this, choke up on your grip a bit – half an inch should be enough. If the rain should be coming from a storm with thunder and lightning, leave play and get back to the clubhouse as soon as possible. Greens are dangerous in a storm, as some players know to their cost. If it comes on suddenly and you can't get back to the clubhouse, don't shelter in an open sided building, as that will be no protection from lightning. Don't make for the trees either. Get spiked shoes off as quickly as possible and if with others stay at least 15 meters apart. Choose a low place like a ravine or gully to shelter and if the hair on your neck starts to tingle, squat down with your arms around your knees and hold your raised knees with your arms. Golfing in a storm is for idiots.


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