Some more of my best tips for playing golf in the rain – part two

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“Concentrate on hitting the green. The cup will come to you.”Cary Middlecoff

By Ian Hardie

In the post Some more of my best tips for playing golf in the rain

I talked about the necessity for you to keep your ‘rhythm’ of play

As close to normal as possible when playing in the rain

The reason I suggested that as you may recall is that

Most golfers either speed up their play on a rainy day

In an attempt to ‘get out of the weather as fast as possible’

Or they get so busy ‘dealing with rain stuff’ that they do exactly the opposite

And play so slowly that they lose the ability to focus on their game at all

My suggestion for you if playing in the rain is or will be a part of your golf

Was for you to head out on your own for a round or two in the rain, without a scorecard

To simply get used to playing in the rain and figure out

How to retain your normal rhythm of play regardless of the conditions

It would also be an opportune time for you to buy (if you don’t already have them)

A pair of proper rain gloves and get used to playing with them in the rain

As the different fabric that makes up the palm of the glove’s

Which of course is designed to really grip well in rain – will feel different to your normal glove

The other thing that you can experiment with on those rainy ‘practice sessions’

Is the type of golf ball you use on a rainy day

Now if your immediate answer to that statement is – ‘a round white one’

I’d suggest you stop reading now and go look around the archives of Golf Habits

To find out more about golf balls, how different they are and how they can help you game

If however, you have a bit of an idea already about golf balls and how they work

You will understand exactly why I am about to suggest using a different one in the rain

In the post Some of my best tips for playing golf in the rain

I used the example of the different types of tyres that you will see on race cars

To explain the differences between golf gloves

I suggested that a soft compound dry tyre which gave the maximum grip

Would be the equivalent to a leather glove (dry weather only)

A medium compound tyre which maybe a few small grooves in it

Would be the equivalent to a synthetic glove (dry weather and light rain)

And the wet weather only race tyre with its deep grooves and harder compound

Would be the equivalent to a pair of rain glove’s (wet weather only)

A similar comparison can be made with the golf balls you use to play on a rainy day

Let’s imagine that on a normal fine day you use a golf ball that has a soft enough cover

So that it gives you the maximum possible spin to allow you to control your short shots

Which of course is a trade-off that you make which gives you less run on the fairway

This is what all smart golfers would use as it maximises their ability to score well

Due to the fact that we play ‘the game of golf’

Not ‘the game of long driving’ of course!

On a rainy day though the conditions call for a different strategy as

In general if it’s a rainy day – the golf course will be playing longer

Because the rain will usually soften the fairways and reduce the amount of run you get

While at the same time the rain will usually soften the greens as well

Giving considerably more potential for the ball to really react to the backspin it has

Once it hits the surface of the green – now I must point out

That although it is ‘really cool’ to see the 100 yard wedge shot you just hit ‘sucking back’

A yard or two (or more) once it hits the green – it also makes it difficult to score well

As instead of working out the yardage to the hole and landing the ball in that area

You have to start trying to gauge how much the ball is going to ‘suck back’

Which isn’t that easy as there are a few factors that are quite variable for a start

Not to mention difficult to do when the pin is at the back of a green

That has water, out of bounds or extremely deep rough behind it

My suggestion as to the golf ball to use on a rainy day?

Use one with a harder cover than you would normally use

It will give you reduced spin which should help it go a little further down the fairway

And combined with the help of the softer greens on a rainy day

Should stop the same as a soft cover ball on a dry day

Oh and by the way, the lower amount of spin from the harder cover golf ball

Will also give the advantage of flying straighter for you than a soft cover ball

Which may be pretty useful to help you keep the ball in play on a rainy day

Well, it will be once you read one of the other secrets that great rain golfers know about

In ‘Some more of my best tips for playing golf in the rain – part three’

Until then

Play well


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