How to Prepare for Rain

By Herm Otto

If you are in a climate where rain may be a condition that you will play golf in, you need to be prepared to play in the rain and to both protect and keep dry and clean yourself and your equipment as much as possible. This article will help you to prepare for rain when you golf.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Determine the weather conditions that are present and forecast for during your round of golf. Prepare yourself if rain is present or expected.
Step 2
Bring a golf umbrella that is larger than a normal street umbrella. You will use it to protect both you and your equipment, and as a windshield if your cart does not have one.
Step 3
Carry a top cover for your golf bag that you can attach to protect the inside of the club storage compartment from the rain. You must keep your club grips dry to avoid slippage in your hands when taking your shots.
Step 4
Carry extra dry towels for wiping rain from yourself, your equipment and the golf cart seats. Carry extra wet towels to clean mud from your equipment and a stiff brush to clean mud from your shoes.
Step 5
Carry a rain parka or rain suit that you can slip on to protect yourself from steady rain. Also have a hat with a visor or rim to drip rain from your head away from your face.
Step 6
If your cart has a fold-up windshield, fold it up to protect you from the rain while the cart is moving. Such windshields are usually folded down in nice weather. Untie and drop down the tarps that are on the back of the cart roof (if provided) to protect your golf bag and clubs.

Tips & Warnings

A puddle of temporary water, not in a water hazard, is "casual water" and is an "abnormal ground condition" that you can take relief from. Refer to the definitions and rule 25-1 of the "Rules of Golf." Bring a bright color plastic stake for tournaments where rain is possible during play to mark your ball location in case play is suspended when your ball is in play. This will help you find your ball quickly when play resumes. Refer to Rule 6-8 of the "Rules of Golf."
A puddle of temporary water, not in a water hazard, is "casual water" and is an "abnormal ground condition" that you can take relief from. Refer to the definitions and rule 25-1 of the "Rules of Golf."
Bring a bright color plastic stake for tournaments where rain is possible during play to mark your ball location in case play is suspended when your ball is in play. This will help you find your ball quickly when play resumes. Refer to Rule 6-8 of the "Rules of Golf."
Suspend play, get off the course and find safe shelter immediately if there is any sign of lightning approaching or nearby. No game is worth the risk of being struck by a lightning bolt.

About The Author

Herm Otto is an architect and was a university instructor for over 25 years. He is also an avid golfer who began golfing 10 years ago. As a Demand Studios writer, Otto writes golf and travel articles for GolfLink. He now resides in Arizona.

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