Generally, I will play in the rain as long as it starts raining after I tee off. If it is raining before or the forecast is for a deluge of rain, then I am less likely to tee it up on that day. I feel that I play enough in the good weather not to worry about missing a day or two, now and again. I am not sure if this is good strategy for my overall game, but that is the one I have adopted this year.
I years past, the rain never prevented me from teeing it up. That is unless it was pouring and the course was becoming unplayable. I felt that I had to learn to play in the rain in case I was in a tournament and I could not stop. However, the tournaments I play in now are less competitive and as such, my desire to sharpen that part of my game seems to have waned.
I know that this seems to be the easy way out, especially since I have purchased all the rain gear so I would be as comfortable as possible in the wet conditions. I have towels, club covers, extra large umbrella, wet weather gear, and push cart to carry all my stuff. I am prepared, but don’t seem to have the desire to play in the rain if I can avoid it.
Interestingly, I believe that I play well in the rain. It seems to calm my swing and sharpen my focus. I realize that in rainy conditions that be swinging easy produces the best results on the scorecard. I guess it makes sense since not over-swinging helps me maintain balance during the entire range of motion.
Alas, this year I am trying to avoid the rain. It has been a challenge as of late, but that is the nature of golf and a short golf season. Fortunately I have a flexible playing schedule that can be adjust around the weather (and my physical strength, still have some lingering affects from my treatments). I have rescheduled some days, but most were lost to the nature of the weather beast.
Overall, I cannot complain. I am playing plenty of golf, enjoying my playing partners company and scoring fairly well most of the time. How can this be a bad thing, so missing a day or two because of the rain does not seem like a very big deal. Because it isn’t!
Do you play golf in the rain?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!