Like any other outdoor sports, the game of golf is extremely vulnerable to harsh weather. And by harsh weather I mean anything less than the ideal conditions, it could be rainy, it could be a bit chilly, and worse, it could even be windy than usual, and your game is going to suffer. Now that being said, if you manage to persevere in such conditions, you are going to better at golf. In today’s article, we will talk about how you can improve your game on a rainy day and also in a windy day. We have a lot of ground to cover, so without further ado, let’s just get right into it.
Tips for golfing on a rainy day
Well, you will have to understand the implications of rain on the field. How it alters the nature of the terrain, and how it affects the ball and its trajectory. If you can compensate for the effects of rain, you can play just fine. What rain does is it slows down the course quite a bit. A golf ball rolling on wet grass is much slower than it is on dry grass. Just keep that information at the back of your head, and you will do just fine.
- The Grip: You can imagine why the grip is necessary. Yes, even under heavy rain the club just won’t fly off from your hands, but just a little lack of control is enough to ruin a perfect shot, especially in the downswing. Carry some extra pairs if you anticipate rain. A dry pair of gloves will do you a lot of good.
- The Club: While golfing in the rain, it is imperative that you take one club more than you would in normal conditions. This will help counteract the tardiness of the course, and taking an extra club would also make you swing easy thus allowing you better control.
- The bunker shot: Well, bunker shots are heavy rain or not. But, one thing you must remember while making bunker shots in the rain that the sand in the bunker will be much firmer, and you do not need to swing as hard because of that.
Tips for golfing on a windy day
When it comes to golfing, strong wind is probably your worst enemy. The golf is fairly lightweight, and exposure to strong winds will drastically impact its trajectory. On a windy day, a great shot can become a disaster if you fail to compensate for it. A key thing to remember while golfing in such conditions is to bear in mind that wind speeds drastically vary with height, so you want your ball to travel at a lower trajectory than normal. There are roughly three possible scenarios that you will be facing while out on a windy day, let’s take a look at those and see how we can make the best of the situation.
- Hitting into the wind: In this scenario, you are hitting against the direction the wind is blowing. Even though the golf ball has a fairly small surface area, but still it is enough for the wind to distort its velocity and slow it down a lot in flight. To compensate for this, you must pick one or two clubs more than normal, also try to give as less loft as possible.
- Hitting with the wind behind you: In this scenario, your best option is short iron shots as they may show more effect than the longer irons. Also, you must compensate for the extra distance your ball’s going to cover due to assistance from the wind. Just remember that the wind will affect higher shots more than it will shot with a lower trajectory.
- Hitting through cross winds: After you figure out which way the wind is blowing, you must work your ball into the wind, thus adjust your aim accordingly. Also, if you are unable to change your shot according to the wind completely, a controlled, on balance shot is your best bet. And as usual, go for the lowest trajectory possible for best results.
There you have it, the two most likely conditions you are going to face at some point. If you keep these simple yet very effective tips in your mind, I can assure you that you will be able to salvage a lot of games. Thankfully, if you just keep tabs on weather reports, you will be able to avoid these situations easily.