Rain, Heat Or Snow: How To Play Golf In Every Weather Condition

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Your ideal weather conditions on the course consists of sun and temperatures in the low 70’s. But what if temperatures drop to 20 degrees or spike to over 100 degrees? Do you think you will still be able to give it your all on the green? Golf is a tough game to play in general and with the extra undesirable weather conditions, you may be urged to stay home. However bad weather shouldn’t be an excuse to not play golf. To make sure you stay committed to improving your golf skills, we have broke down methods for playing in rain, heat or snow.

Rain

A little rain doesn’t hurt anyone. It shouldn’t hurt your game either. Even the best golfer has been forced to golf in the rain. Whether you are taking part in a local tournament or a PGA Open, it’s inevitable. The best way to play, is by properly preparing your self and your equipment.

1. Carry Dry Towels. You will occasionally have to dry off your golf clubs to avoid a slippery grip. Bring ziplock bags to keep your towels from getting wet when heading on the course.

2. Coverage. Cover not only your cart but your clubs as well. Make sure your golf bag can fully close. You can even go a step further a research bags that have waterproof zippers to ensure your clubs will be 100% dry!

3. Be Aware Of Your Swing. Since it’s wet and cold, your ball will most likely go a shorter distance. Swing softer not harder.

4. Rain Gear. A windbreaker or rain jacket is perfect for this weather condition. Golf gloves will also help to create more friction between your hands and the golf club.

 5. Don’t Play When You Hear Thunder. This rule is common sense. If you hear thunder, you know that lightning is not too far off. Stop playing immediately!

6. Umbrella. For obvious reasons…

Snow

Snow Golf is a thing believe it or not. To hit a ball straight while shivering is more possible than you think. It all comes down to how prepared you are. Follow these winter rules that explain how you can get the most out of your game.

1. Have the Right Gear. You obviously won’t be playing golf in flip flops and shorts. We recommend the following clothing and equipment to avoid possible frostbite:

  • 2 Golf Gloves
  • 2 Pairs of Socks
  • Layers of Clothing (Thermals, Fleece, Performance Tees, etc.)
  • Thick, Warm & Comfortable Outerwear (Windbreaker or Down Jacket)
  • Wear a Beanie or Down Baseball Hat. A Face Mask Is Recommended As Well.
  • Traction Cleats For Snow & Ice

2. Vibrant Colored or Neon Golf Balls. It’s one of those things you don’t normally think about. But your golf ball can easily be lost in the blanket of snow. Get easy to see colors to make sure your ball is visible.

3. Prepare Your Golf Cart. Just how you prepare your car for the snow and cold, is the same way you should prepare your cart. Make sure your tires are prepared for the possible slush and ice on the cart path. Their are snow tire available to buy for your golf cart. See here.

You need to also make sure your cart has equipment like a shovel, cart cover and heater.

4. Prepare Your Golf Clubs. There is a possibility that your golf club may freeze up and become icy. If this happens, you should carry around some insulated hot water to dip your clubs into. You also need to be aware of the grips on your clubs. How slippery they can potentially get can result in you losing your grip and having your club fly away.

5. Warm up! You need to make sure your blood is circulating. How about walking the course as a starter to get comfortable with the course and the temperatures.

Heat

Most golfers desire a nice hot summer day to play golf. But when temperatures get to triple digits, it may become less desirable. A heat wave shouldn’t mean waving goodbye to golf. Take the proper precaution to stay in good health and your game in good condition.

1. Hydration. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your game.

2. Adjust Your Swing. Golf balls swing farther in the heat. So adjust your swing accordingly.

3. Protect Yourself. Protect yourself the same way you would if you were going to the beach. Minus the tank top and flip flops. This mean having the following:

  • Wear Sunglasses.
  • Apply Sunscreen.
  • Breathable Performance Attire.

4. Portable Fans. To get a bit of a breeze, bing a portable fan to cool off. You can also attach a fan to your golf cart as well.

We know that you golfers are dying to get back on the green this spring. But a little bad weather shouldn’t stop you. We hope that these few tips helped. If you need help planning your next golf tournament, feel free to reach out to one of our representatives (888-882-5440) to get more information or email us at info@usholeinone.com.

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