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Video:How to Play Golf in the Rain

with Todd Kolb

You can still play golf in the rain, as long as you have the right equipment. Watch this About.com video to learn about the items you'll need most for a less-than-perfect day on the golf course.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Play Golf in the Rain

Hey golfers, I'm PGA Teaching Professional Todd Kolb with About.com. I'm going to give you some tips on playing golf in the rain.

Notes About Playing Golf in the Rain

Sooner or later, you're going to get stuck playing a couple rounds of golf in the rain, and it's important that you have the proper equipment and you know a couple little tricks of the trade to make the most out of your day.

What Equipment Do You Need to Play Golf in the Rain?

Now, the first thing you want to do in terms of equipment is like, for myself, I have a couple different golf bags that I use when I play golf in general. So I always use my bigger bag—this is my staff bag—but I always use a bigger bag when I know it's going to rain because the bigger bag will tend to keep things a little bit drier than some of those soft bags or carry bags that you might use on a normal sunny day.

Of course, you always have to have a nice pair of rain pants. This is important to not only keep you nice and warm, but more importantly dry; and you also want to have some form of a rain coat that will also keep your upper body dry. Those are probably two of the most important things.

More Equipment for Playing Golf in Rain

You can't play in the rain unless you have an umbrella. Every good golfer is going to have some form of an umbrella that they carry around with them that they keep in the trunk of their car in case the rain pops up a little bit later. You also want to make sure you keep an extra towel in your bag or your trunk of your car, and also an extra glove. One of the most important things is that you want to have a dry glove when you're playing a round of golf, so an extra towel and an extra glove.

Tips for Keeping Equipment Dry

Now, one of the tricks of the trade when you're playing in the rain is to use this umbrella, and what I like to do is actually take my extra towel and also my extra glove and put them up on the inside of the umbrella. This will help keep them dry. So I will open up my umbrella and I will put the towel underneath there—and also the glove—so that anywhere I set this umbrella down, I know that my towel is staying dry and also my glove is staying dry.

One of the things that also happens when it's raining out is the face will get kind of wet and muddy because the turf is wet, and you want to make sure you keep that face as clean as possible, and keep any of the water or the mud off of it so you have good contact between the face and the ball. In terms of playing the game in the rain, the most important thing you'll want to do is try to keep your grips dry, of course. But you're going to want to tend to grab a little bit more club for most shots. So, if the normal distance calls for a 7-iron, you're going to want to probably hit a 6-iron, because any time you're swinging the club, you don't want to be swinging full bore when the grips are a little bit wet, or your hands are a little bit wet.

So, playing golf means at some point you're going to be playing in the rain. Make sure you have proper equipment, make sure you understand a couple tricks of the trade, and you'll have a wonderful day on the golf course, even though it's raining.

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