Facing your own rainy round? Here's how to practice for it
Yes, it looked completely miserable to be out there Saturday—even when the venue is Augusta National. Many amateurs would turn the car around (or just stay home) when facing conditions much less adverse. But what if you have to play in it? Golf Digest best-in-state teacher Rick Silva says the trick is to understand what physics (and meteorology) are imposing on you ahead of time and adjust accordingly.
"First, your backswing is going to feel restricted by your rain gear—but you have to resist the temptation to try to force extra length into it," says Silva, who runs Movement 3 Golf in Highland Park, Ill. "Making the turn your jacket lets you make is going to be just fine. Instead, focus on delaying the rotation of your chest back around through the ball until the club is halfway down to impact. This will give you the feeling of the club staying light and under control."
Next, be liberal about changing the club you think you need for a shot. "You have less turn, the air is heavier and probably colder, and the wet ground is going to kill your roll. That means you need more club," Silva says. "Taking an extra club will also cool off your desire to turn hard and swing harder."
Resist the temptation to hide in the clubhouse right up to the minute of your tee time and get some range balls in where you can tune what you need to do.
"Pay attention to the depth of your impacts on the range," Silva says. "Deep is not going to do well when it's sloppy. Challenge yourself to hit multiple shots from the same patch of grass. Stand a little taller, aim slightly left of your target and make sure your right scapula continues moving to the right of the target on your downswing. Skim. Don't dig."