Today's golf fashion piece covers how you can adapt your personal golf fashion to the wet weather that plagues us in the UK. If golfers in the UK can be sure of anything, it’s that at some point during the year they will be playing in some pretty awful weather conditions. With our usual barrage of wind, rain, sleet and snow well on its way, there are more than a few ways to adapt your style to ensure Mother Nature doesn't keep you off the course too much.
A GOOD CHOICE OF FOOTWEAR
Equipment aside, there is no sounder investment for the course than a good pair of all-weather shoes. Starting with colour, it is probably wise to avoid white, unless you want to see them spattered with mud and sand before the end of your round, as they will discolour incredibly quickly in bad weather. Either single or two-tone shoes in black or brown will help disguise any real weather damage, and a well-made pair of decent shoes will keep back pretty much anything the elements can throw at you. Most courses now insist on you wearing softspikes, so always ensure that you have a stiff brush to remove any excess mud and dirt, which will quickly clog up and increase your chances of slipping in bad weather.
KEEP SPARES OF EVERYTHING
The old saying goes, ‘If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. This could be you if you’re not thinking far enough ahead with bringing spares to the course. Use all-weather gloves if you have them, if not take extra pairs of the leather equivalent, which will quickly stretch and become slippery in adverse weather. Apparently, Jack Nicklaus would always keep a spare glove ‘warming’ under his hat in bad weather, so he always had a fresh, heated alternative glove to put on when the situation required it. Remember, your ETIQUS golf timepiece has a water resistance of up to 100m (10ATM) so, short of scuba diving in your golf gear, you can always rely on it in bad weather. Keep spares of everything in waterproof bags, so you’re never caught short by bad weather on the course.
CHANGING YOUR PLAY
As well as clothing, it is important to adapt both your equipment and style of play during wet weather season. Long irons are known for being difficult to hit with any level of consistency on wet courses, with height being particularly hard to achieve. Switching to woods in adverse conditions will give you much more loft due to the low centre of gravity in the club head. The changing weather will bring a change in course too, so adapt your style of play accordingly. Delicacy goes out the window with rain, so be courageous with your play. Really play through the shot with the strength in your arms to get the ball moving, which also applies to your putting. Unsurprisingly, greens will be much slower, so put extra power into all of your shots.