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After a record breaking May, during which we enjoyed more sunshine than ever before, June has certainly seen a return to more typical British Summer weather. Although it was certainly needed to keep fairways and greens healthy, playing in the wind and rain does bring a different challenge to the game. Therefore, we thought we’d share some tips on how to improve your game in bad weather. Even if you’re not typically an all-weather golfer, these tips could come in handy on days where a heavy downpour appears out of nowhere!

Playing in the wet.

A wet day shouldn’t stop you enjoying a round of golf. In summer, temperatures are still quite comfortable, and with a few pointers you can challenge yourself to a great round. Here are some ideas to help.

Waterproof Gear

It’s undeniable that quality waterproof gear will keep you more comfortable in the wet. If you’re a serious all-weather golfer, investing in quality gear across the board is essential and makes a real difference. For example, details such as zips at the bottom of waterproof trousers make it much easier to get them on and off over your spikes. And of course a quality jacket, umbrella, and waterproof shoes will keep you comfortable for longer. Of course, it’s important not to forget your clubs, and waterproof golf bag covers are widely available to help with keeping everything as dry as possible.

Spikes

A key point of contact for your swing is with the ground (the other is with your club – we come to that next!). Therefore, if your spikes aren’t up to scratch and the grass is slippery, your swing is going to suffer. Keep an eye on the condition of your spikes and replace them if they’re getting past their best.

Gloves and Grips

The other key point of contact for your swing is of course your hands and grips. In the wet they can easily become slippery and a good grip much harder to achieve. Of course, you could invest in a specialised wet-weather grips and gloves, but this isn’t absolutely necessary if you’re more of a fair-weather golfer. It’s handy to keep a towel in your golf bag, along with a spare glove or two in a plastic bag. If you get caught in the rain you can dry off your grips and swap your glove over. Another handy tip is to hang your towel from your umbrella frame so it keeps dry under it.

Remember: Run will be Reduced in the Wet

At risk of stating the obvious, wet ground means the ball won’t run as far when it hits the ground. To improve your game in the wet, you need to consider this when playing. This of course means hitting the ball harder than you normally would for each particular hole. Furthermore, where you’re playing from will be affected too. In the rough, you’ll find the grass is harder to swing through, and some shots may not run at all! Even on the green your putts will be slow-going, so you’ll need to hit them more firmly.

Soggy Score Cards

If you’re scoring, consider only getting your card out every few holes will help to keep it dry. If it’s really chucking it down, maybe keep a spare one in a dry bag for if the first one becomes too wet to write on!


Playing in the wind.

Wind has the potential to be even more challenging than rain, especially if it’s gusty and keeps catching you out. Learning to work with mother nature and adapt your game for windy conditions can make a big difference to your score.

Spin

You would think on a windy day that it’s best to hit the ball harder, especially if you’re playing into the wind. However, the harder you hit the ball, the more spin you put on it. Spin is not your friend on a windy day, and will actually magnifies any. mistakes. So, it actually makes sense to hit the ball less hard on a windy day.

Consider your Club

As I’ve mentioned above, hitting the ball harder is not the answer to scoring well in the wind. Taking more club will keep your ball lower, and therefore send it further without you increasing the spin by hitting it too hard. There is an exception however – if you’re playing into the wind it can be useful to hit with less club.

Grip

Another way to help keep your ball as low as possible in the wind is to adjust your grip. If you grip lower down, your swing is shortened, and doing so lowers the ball trajectory.

Look for clues high up

Wind is unpredictable and its strength changes the higher up your ball gets. Also, you can’t see it, which means you have to look for clues as to how strong it is, and which direction it’s going in at about the height your ball will be travelling. If you’re playing a course with trees they can give a good indication of the wind conditions at height. If you’re not so lucky, you’ll have to look for the flag for conditions in the right direction at least.

Side Winds

Cross winds are a challenge to all golfers, and making mistakes can cost you dearly with reduced distances. There are basically two choices when playing in side winds: You can either play as normal, or you can try and purposely curve the ball into the wind. You can improve distance by curving the ball in the same direction as the side wind.


One last tip – don’t beat yourself up for a high score.

Playing in the wind and rain is a challenge to any golfer, and it’s unlikely you’ll break any personal bests on a bad day. If you’re struggling, it’s likely anyone else braving the course is too. So, enjoy the challenge and keep a positive attitude, and you can have a good day even on a bad one!


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