You have a tee time at 9:00 a.m. You made the tee time a month in advance at your very favorite course. You’ve been looking forward to a game with good friends. Your clubs are clean and you’re ready to play. But now it’s 7:30 a.m. and a few raindrops have fallen. The sky is full of gray clouds. You’ve turned on the radio and heard that the forecast is mixed–possible showers or thunderstorms. What do you do?
Your first reaction, if you are like most golfers, is disappointment. You’d clearly rather be playing when it’s 70 degrees and sunny or just slightly overcast. However, you’re also thinking that you have a lot invested emotionally in this particular game. You want to play with these friends. It’s your preferred course. “So,” you say, “what the heck? What’s a little rain?”
I’ve listed below some handy tips that will help you have a great round of golf even if it becomes a little wet out there on the course:
If lightning threatens while on the course, take shelter immediately wherever you can. A tunnel or a shed (not under a tree) is a good place to be. Or you can crouch in an open space. Try to take up as little room as possible and get to the lowest piece of ground. Be especially careful not to give lightning something to strike, such as your golf clubs or umbrella. Don’t carry them. Don’t hold them. Put them down somewhere away from your body.
Invest in a good quality rain suit and hat to protect yourself. You’re not going to play well if you’re soaked to the bone. I’ve found that a Gore-Tex suit or something comparable is the best because it keeps out the rain while also allowing the body to breathe. The rain suit should be comfortable. Pants with zippers up the legs help you get the suit on easily over your spikes. You’ll also want one with pockets so that you can easily reach your balls, tees, divot repair tool, and ball markers.
Use a bungie cord stretched across the roofline of the golf cart as a clothesline for hanging extra towels and gloves. You can also use the bungie cords that attach to your portable windshield if you have one. If your grips are wet you run the risk of having your golf club come loose from your hands and fly into the fairway along with your ball. You could hurt yourself or injure someone else (as well as almost guaranteeing that your next shot will be pretty difficult).
Use a plastic windshield on your golf cart. Rain is one thing, but wind and rain together are hard to conquer. Using the windshield will help keep you, your clothes, the seat of the golf cart, and your equipment fairly dry.
If you wear glasses, bring along a baseball cap or “bucket” hat to keep your head and your glasses dry. You won’t be able to play too well if your glasses are fogged up or dripping with raindrops. It helps to carry a couple of extra paper towels along as well.
Make sure you have a rain cover. Most likely one came with your golf bag when you purchased it. Some covers on the market have zippers and are easier to get over your clubs. No matter which cover you choose, be sure to carry it with you at all times.
Carry at least two all-weather synthetic gloves. These gloves will allow you to keep your grip tight even when the gloves get slightly wet. If one set of gloves gets soaked, slip on your extra pair. And, while waterproof shoes are not a necessity, wearing them sure makes a round in the rain a lot more pleasant.
I hope these tips will let you enjoy that long-awaited game of golf.