Good afternoon from Classic Swing Golf School in Myrtle Beach! It’s been 3 straight days of rain. Given the choice, we’d all prefer to play when the sun is shining and the breeze is gentle. But sometimes, playing golf in the rain is unavoidable.
What do the Pros do?
Doug Wade, PGA shared three quick tips about playing in rain and cold.
1.) Be prepared: Not to weigh you down but do you have rain gloves, extra towels, even an umbrella in your bag? You’d be surprised how many people do not. The goal when playing in the rain is to not think too much about playing in the rain. Those who are not prepared are constantly worried about wet gloves, water dripping down their back, etc. Know that conditions can change – and be prepared.
2.) Stay controlled: When it’s time to focus on the shot, solid contact is more important than ever when conditions get tough. Don’t give yourself any easier opportunities for mistakes by overswinging. A common mistake is the feeling that you have to swing harder – that’s actually the most harmful thing you can do. The chance for the club to slip in your hands or your feet to slip on the swing are only increased in wet conditions. A shorter, more compact swing with more club will only help you in these situations. Think back to Phil Mickelson who really had the tournament in his grasp until making bogeys on two of the final three holes – including a short iron on the 17th hole that he pulled way right (a classic case of overswinging).
3.) Adapt to the course: When it rains, the course changes right in front of you. If you watched the end of the Wells Fargo Championship, you noticed how hard it was for even the world’s best players to get their chips and putts to the hole as the conditions got slower and wetter. Be aware of what the rain, cold and wind can do to your shots. Wet conditions mean less spin for shots but slower greens and softer fairways. Adjust your game and club selection accordingly. -By Doug Wade, PGA
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