Playing in the Rain

/ By Will Blackard, Intern

It’s not often that I find myself playing golf in the rain or even in wet conditions, but last week, a pop-up shower hit while I was in the middle of a round. The course was playing somewhat firm and fast before the rain hit, and then it became a whole new golf course. This drastic change made me realize how important it is to know how to approach playing in wet conditions.

The first thing to understand when playing a soggy golf course is that your golf ball will not get nearly as much roll. In fact, instead of total distance, soggy conditions place an emphasis on knowing how far you carry the golf ball with each club. Also, wet conditions make the course play a little bit longer. On a hole where you usually have a nine-iron in to the green, you may have an eight or even a seven iron left to the pin. 

One benefit to wet conditions is that there is a lot more grab on the greens! When conditions are wet, take dead aim, because in most circumstances, the wet green will hold the shot. You also may need to prepare for your ball to spin more than usual because, again, the greens grab the ball quicker, and as a result, the spin on the ball will be more exaggerated. 

Another important thing to note when the course is wet is that it is a lot easier to hit the ball fat. Rain will soften the ground, making it easier for the club to get through it. This facet of wet conditions is most prevalent around the greens as those shorter shots tend to be easier to hit fat. So, when playing in the rain it is even more important to make sure to keep that weight on your front foot to ensure that you hit the ball first.

You may think that using an indoor launch monitor can’t prepare you for playing in wet, soggy conditions, but with SkyTrak that is certainly not the case. SkyTrak includes features that can help you prepare your game for wet conditions. In addition to improving your ball striking simply by hitting on SkyTrak, you have the ability to practice in a variety of conditions. This will allow you to see how your golf shots react when they hit the fairway or putting surface. Another key aspect to note when using SkyTrak is your carry distance. Because wet conditions cause the ball to stop quicker, it is important to know your carry distances for each club. because your ball will typically end up very close to that yardage when the ground is soggy. With SkyTrak, knowing your carry distances is only a Bag Mapping session or Skills Assessment away! SkyTrak can’t recreate the wet clothes and slippery hands, but it can still play a vital role in preparing your game for all types of course conditions.