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Golfing in the Rain

May 29, 2013

Tips on Playing Golf in the Rain

Rain has definitely been a constant companion for Minnesota golfers the last few weeks. Being that Minnesotan’s are true lovers of the game of golf, weather doesn’t stop them from getting out on the course. We have complied a few reminders to make playing in the rain a little more comfortable and safe.

  • Stay updated on weather forecasts:

    The night before your tee time, check the local weather forecast and prepare accordingly. Weather applications on your smart phone can be a golfers best friend especially if you are in the middle of a round. The Weather Channel website even has a golf course locator that will tell you the course conditions you are planning to play at.

  • The right outfit:

    Mother Nature has a sense of humor, so it’s smart to invest in a good rain jacket, water-resistant pants, waterproof shoes and headwear!  Also, keep an extra pair of socks in your bag too.   This way you won’t be soaked during your whole game.

  • Bring a large umbrella:

    An umbrella is a useful tool to keep yourself dry but it can also help keep your glove and towel dry as well!  Hang your towel on the spokes of the umbrella and attach your extra gloves there too.

  • Keep your hands and grips dry:

    A slippery grip can end horribly, so shield your clubs with a rain cover for your bag and keep extra towels and golf gloves in a plastic bag.

  • In case of severe weather:

    Most courses have a lightning and storm detection system that will notify the course if severe weather is coming.  This is up to the courses discretion but if you see severe looking weather approaching use your best judgment on whether it is safe to continue, this is especially pertinent if you see lightning and the course sirens haven’t started.

If you find yourself asking who’ll stop the rain and Creedance Clearwater Revival isn’t answering you, reference this list and you’ll be ready to face the rain this summer out on the golf course.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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