5 Tips to Playing Golf in Wet Weather.
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.