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Hitting a Driver in the Rain

January 28, 2024

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Have you ever been excited for a day of golf day, only to have it ruined by rain? If you play in certain parts of the country, it can be an all too common occurrence. But, you don't have to let the rain dampen your spirits. Playing a round of golf in wet conditions can be tough, but with some good preparation, you can still shoot a winning score and it starts on the first tee.

Inclement weather can make it harder to concentrate, so your mindset and preparation can help you perform your best. Although playing in the rain can be discouraging and may lead to higher scores, being prepared for the wet weather can actually increase your chances of beating competitors who mentally give up due to the rainy conditions.

If you struggle with your driver off the tee in wet conditions, slow everything down rather than going all out. This helps generate less spin and prevents the ball from climbing. Over-swinging can cause problems, and the rain only makes over-powering shots less predictable. So, focus on making solid contact rather than trying to squeeze out more distance.

Remember, the next time it starts raining before or during a golf round, don't let it dampen your spirits. Playing golf in the rain may not be ideal, but with the right mindset and preparation, you can still post a good score and have an enjoyable game. Just embrace the challenge, prepare accordingly, and plan to make the most of every opportunity to hit your driver in the rain.

Ball flight differs in the wet...

Rainy days may affect your game off the tee box, but wet weather doesn’t have to ruin your round. It's important to adjust your expectations and approach to account for the impact of humidity on your tee shots. When it rains, the increased humidity affects the flight of the ball, as the thicker air creates more resistance for the golf ball, resulting in less distance. In addition, wet fairways naturally reduce the amount of roll the ball gets.

An analysis of the effect of water on lift, drag, and trajectory reveals a significant difference in carry distance for balls hit on a dry day compared to balls with water on them. The thicker air caused by humidity creates more resistance for the golf ball, resulting in shorter distances. So it is important to adapt your strategy on the tee box and focus on each drive, rather than getting discouraged by the conditions.

A study using a PING trajectory model suggests, while the spin on the ball plays a role during inclement launch conditions, it only contributes about five yards difference when hitting a driver in the rain. It is the increased lift and drag during the flight that causes a wet ball to fall more rapidly once it reaches its apex. But remember, if you hit a bad drive, let it go and accept the fact that it is the weather that’s making your round more challenging.

How to Avoid Muddy Balls!

Mastering the game of golf in rainy conditions can be a challenge, but it's not impossible. Before we dive into the tips, it's important to understand how playing golf with wet or muddy balls affects your game. Wet conditions make it harder to grip the club and mud on the ball can severely alter its trajectory. Don't worry though, there are ways to make your round a little easier. Here are some tips to help improve your score in inclement conditions, such as:

Keep Stuff Dry – Start by putting a hood on your bag before you leave the club house and make sure your hands, gloves, and grips stay as dry as possible on course. Stay dry yourself by using a golf umbrella. Since dry towels are essential for playing wet weather golf, hang a towel and a dry glove from underneath your umbrella for easy access. Focus on maintaining contact by controlling your tempo and slowing down your swing.

Manage Wet Contacts – Enhance your wet weather golf game by keeping your contact points dry. Focus on maintaining grip by slowing down your swing and keeping control. Don’t let water on your club face, grips or ball ruin your round. Even with a wet club face, you can still achieve similar results to a dry club. Take a tip from pro golfer Phil Mickelson and use special rain gloves to keep both hands dry and maximize your grip on the tee box.

Hit the Ball Lower – Knowing your carry yardage is essential for hitting a driver in the rain. Moreover, when your club is wet, shots tend to have slightly less spin and a higher trajectory compared to dry conditions. While it may seem counter-intuitive, hitting the ball lower is the way to go when the course is soft. This technique will maximize roll and minimize the chance of a plugged mud ball, plus a lower ball makes it easier to hit a straighter drive.

When faced with challenging conditions, don't make it harder for yourself. Playing golf in the rain may not be as enjoyable, but there are on-course rules that can benefit your score. If you encounter casual water, you can move your ball without penalty as long as it's not closer to the hole. Remember, you can also get relief if your feet are in casual water. If the ball has mud on it, clean it and place it back near its original spot. Resist the temptation to hit the ball harder off the tee and focus on a shot selection that keeps you in the fairway.


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