On rainy days you have to heed the words of the Scots: «Tomorrow we play, even if it’s nice». Playing in the rain is something that is quite normal in Anglo-Saxon countries and Northern Europe, for example. Not so in Spain. Golf is a sport that tests our skill and patience in different situations, and one of the most challenging is playing in the rain.
At Club de Golf Son Servera, we know how important it is to be prepared for all weather conditions. Therefore, in this article we will give you some basic tips that will help you if you are a brave golfer who decides to take to the course in the rain.
Getting ready to play in the rain
Antes de salir al campo bajo la lluvia, es crucial equiparnos adecuadamente. Te dejamos algunas consideraciones importantes:
Appropiate clothing: Dress in layers to keep warm and comfortable. Choose a cotton T-shirt, a light turtleneck or fleece jumper and a waterproof suit. Waterproof trousers and a short-sleeved wetsuit are ideal for the game.
Head and foot protection: In addition to the above, wear a wide-brimmed hat and a waterproof suit to protect you from the rain. Waterproof shoes and wool socks will keep your feet dry and comfortable.
A good umbrella: Choose a generously sized golf umbrella with air vents to withstand wind and rain.
Spare gloves: Carry several pairs of gloves in plastic bags to keep them dry. Change gloves every few holes to maintain a good grip on your clubs.
Protect club grips: Cover your golf bag to keep your clubs dry. Wet grips can affect your shots.
Tips for adjusting your game in wet conditions
Playing in the rain presents unique challenges that require adjustments to your approach and technique. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Club selection: Expect shorter shots in the rain. Choose one club more than usual to compensate for distance.
Bunkers and greens: The sand in the bunkers will be more compact, so you will have to adjust your shot accordingly. The greens will be slower and the ball will not roll as much. Remember to hit the putter harder.
Now that you have some general tips, you’re almost ready to play golf in the rain. But don’t forget the following:
Patience and calmness: Rain can make the game difficult, so be calm and patient. Accept that your scores may vary in these conditions and don’t obsess about it.
Protect your scorecard: Keep your scorecard in an inside pocket to keep it dry. Record your scores every few holes rather than on every hole to prevent it from getting wet.
You are the priority: It’s important to remember that while playing in the rain can be exciting, you should not risk your safety. If a thunderstorm with lightning is approaching, stop playing. Take shelter in a safe place, away from sticks and trees.
Enjoy golf in any weather
There’s no doubt that playing golf in the rain can be an exciting and rewarding challenge if you prepare properly. Equipping yourself with waterproof clothing, spare gloves and a positive attitude will allow you to face inclement weather with confidence. At Club de Golf Son Servera, we want to encourage our members and visitors to enjoy golf in all weathers. And what better way to do this than by booking a tee time at our club? And remember: safety and respect for the weather are always paramount.