With wind and rain on the menu for the 2020 Women’s Open at Royal Troon, we thought it would be timely for some tips to help you fare better when the playing conditions are, shall we say, less than favorable.
First thing you need to do is take an inventory of your equipment.
A rain suit is a must. Today’s technology has produced some really nice, lightweight product. We took a Zero Restrictions lightweight model to Scotland last October. The jacket can be used either with long sleeves or converted to short sleeves with the detachable snaps.
An umbrella is most important. Titleist now makes a full-size golf umbrellas with a shorter handle, and that works even better in windy conditions.
If it’s wet enough, consider some rain gloves. Phil Mickelson uses them and Foot-Joy makes a nice pair of weather gloves.
Don’t forget dry towels. Have two, one stays inside the cover that fits over the bag and clubs, the other can stay folded inside the ribs of the umbrellas.
Take at least four or five regular gloves.
Have a pair of shoes that are made for rainy conditions. Nothing worse than wet feet.
Okay, now we’re ready for some rain tips.
First, stay patient. Everyone has to play in the same conditions.
Second, grip down on the club about a half-inch — this will keep you from hitting heavy shots on wet turf.
Third, make sure your footing is stable when you take your stance.
Finally, swing within yourself and remember the old saying — When it’s breezy — swing easy.