5 Essential Tips to Playing Golf in Wet Weather

5 Essential Tips to Playing Golf in Wet Weather

5 Tips to Playing Golf in Wet Weather.

 

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Most golfers prefer a dry course, but inevitably you’ll find yourself facing wet conditions. Perhaps you are playing in a tournament or on a special out-of-town course and don’t want to pass up the opportunity. Whatever the reason you have to do it, playing golf in wet weather, wet course requires some special techniques and skills.

 

Here’s some advice to help you get through a wet course without sacrificing your score:

1. For those new to golf, here’s a quick safety tip.

Never play golf during a thunderstorm. Being struck by lightning is no laughing matter. Standing out in the open, totally unprotected, near water, and holding a metal shaft in your hands puts you at a drastically higher risk.

 

2. When you are playing a course that is truly wet, and not just damp, you may notice your feet sinking into the turf. Choke down on the club – up to one inch – to prevent making fat shots.

 

3. The first hole you play on a wet course should be an assessment hole. Many inexperienced golfers assume they can play the same club on a wet course as they would on a dry course, but this is almost never the case.

As you hit your first series of shots on the first hole, pay close attention to how your ball reacts when it lands. You’ll most likely find that it will not roll anywhere near as much on wet turf as it would on dry.

If this is the case, don’t be afraid to add more club to your future shots. You may find that you can add one, two or even three clubs depending on how wet the course is and how far or little your ball rolls.

 

4. If you find yourself in the rough on a wet course, consider raising your hands slightly at address to make your shaft more vertical. This get through wet grass easier than a horizontal shaft. Playing out of the rough also requires more power to compensate for the sticky grass that slows down clubhead speed.
When playing on a dry course in the rough, avoid gripping the club too tightly. On a wet course, make sure you are  holding the club tight enough to keep the face of the club from flying open upon impact with the ball.

 

5. Putting on a wet green is almost always slower than normal. Take this into account when judging the pace of a putt.
You will also find that balls do not break as much on a wet green (with the exception of a cross-grain). You may find that your ball actually “slides” down the grain on very wet greens.

In general, my advice is to be more aggressive on a wet course. Try to make more solid hits on a straighter target path to compensate for the drag caused by the water. This may not work in every case, but it’s worth a shot.
Playing a wet course requires you to adjust your course management skills and play modified shots that work with the water rather than trying to fight it.

Be patient, be mindful of your shots, and don’t be afraid to change your tactics as you move from hole to hole. When playing golf in wet weather demands more concentration and focus on your technique so take your time and assess all your options.

 

Using a Swing Analyzer to Help Your Game

Using a Swing Analyzer to Help Your Game

Swing Analyzer Can Show You the Details of Your Swing.

 

swing analyzer

 

It’s not uncommon for many golfers to execute certain shots quite well yet struggle with others. To be a truly well-rounded golfer, the goal is to make all shots properly and efficiently. To achieve that higher level of play, you need to identify the golf shots you make poorly, find the cause of the problem, and correct it – easier said than done, I know.

Over the years, I’ve discovered that the best way to hone in on a golfing problem is to begin with the big picture and work backwards. 

Here are some tips to help you pinpoint your weak areas, plus suggestions on how to fix them.
Head or Hands:

The first step in diagnosing your weak areas is determining if the problem lies in your mechanics or your nerves.
Even golfers with perfect swing mechanics can make bad shots when they feel pressured, such as during a tournament. When it is your mind that is causing the problem, working on your swing can actually cause more harm than good.

Before you do anything, make an honest assessment of the root cause: mind or mechanics.

When looking at your weaknesses, it’s important to start with the fundamentals. If your weakest golf area is your
swing, take a look at this “Simple Golf Swing” Guide that makes it easy for you to see improvements:
Swing Assessments:

If you decide that your nerves are just fine and that the problem is in your swing, take note of which shots are causing the most grief. Is it the drive, fairway play, chipping, or pitching? It could be more than one type of shot, or it could be that all of your shots are flying erratically.

The good news is your problem may be simple to fix.

Perhaps your grip on the shaft is too strong or too weak to achieve a proper, neutral grip.

The bad news is, some swing problems can be very hard to identify on your own. In fact, being your own swing doctor can be an incredibly frustrating role to play. When seeking outside help, you have two options:

Visit a good golf store that has an analyzer, or visit your local PGA pro.

Using a Swing Analyzer to Help Your Game

The swing analyzer can record your swing, from address to follow-through, and break it all down for you. This is one of the fastest and most effective ways to nail down your swing mechanics.
You local pro can be a great help in diagnosing your weak areas. A good course professional will spend time with you, examining your swing and offering tips. While the swing analyzer may be able to show you the details of what you are doing, they cannot teach you how to correct a specific problem as well as an experience human can.

When looking at your weaknesses, it’s important to start with the fundamentals. If your weakest golf area is your swing, take a look at this “Simple Golf Swing” Guide that makes it easy for you to see improvements:

A course pro can also watch you move through all of your clubs and offer important tips on how you should play each one. As little as an hour or two spent with an experienced professional can do wonders for your golf game.

 

Jay
Purepoint Golf Team