Every golfer wants to perfect playing conditions when out on the links. I know I do! Of course I am smart enough to understand that this is not possible and try not focus on things I cannot control. Yet, I do have a preference for playing conditions and from the responses I received, so do you!
If we are to exclude normal playing conditions, there are two opposite ends of the spectrum:
If you asked me, I would prefer playing in conditions that are bone dry because they are more forgiving. Unlike, wet and soggy, my club will skip across the fairway and there less of a chance of hitting a poor shot. My ball has a greater release and I can generally adjust to the a dry course. However, there is bone dry and then there is ‘bone dry’!
I remember about 15 years ago I was playing in Golf Regionals at Hartlen Point in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. This is a military base course and we were fortunate enough to play a 54 hole event on an extremely well kept track. Unfortunately, Hartlen Point had not received any rain in two weeks prior to our arrival. Being a coastal course, this lack of water hardened everything to a point where controlling distance on shots was an extreme challenge.
The greens were not receptive and approach shots were akin to The Open at St Andrews. We had to run everything up from about 30 to 40 yards out and hopefully stop our ball on the green. I knew I was in a bit of trouble when I hit my 5 iron, 235 yards from my location. That is 180 yards in the air and a 55 yard roll! Of course every hole was not like this, but at least 14 proved very difficult; this course was ‘bone dry’! (On a side note, I finished 4th overall with an average of 76 stokes per day)
Even though that course was extremely tough, I would take bone dry over wet and soggy any day. I have never been able to adjust wet and soggy because I do rely on some roll because I am not a long hitter. Additionally, if I have swing issues, I usually swing too steep. So, digging in is not good for my score.
Course conditions do play a role in how well I play. Of course ideal conditions are the best, but when dealing with extremes I prefer a bone dry course of wet and soggy because the dry conditions are best suited for my overall game.
Which do you prefer, bone dry or wet and soggy?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!