My dad’s just come back from the most amazing trip and already he is talking about playing golf. Ha why am I not surprised!!! He loves playing the game and has had many a trip with golfing buddies around the country and also abroad. Having just come back from a trip he isn’t going anywhere just yet other than his local golf course. I should really phone the golf course and let them know that my dad, affectionately referred to as Victor Meldrew is back!
The weather has been wonderful over the last few days but a quick look over at the BBC Weather site indicates that’s it for now. Rain is on its way. Now it’s not set to be too heavy thankfully but then we have yet to enjoy the fabulous downpours that are April showers. In order to prepare for the mix of showers and torrentuous onslaughts that may befall him I thought I would make sure he is fully equipped. It’s almost his birthday so any ideas of useful items will be very welcome.
Golf Essentials for Rainy Days
Top of the list is of course an umbrella. No golfer should brave wet days without one. Ideally, it will be lightweight with an easy to hold handle and wind resistant.
When it’s cold and raining it can be nice to have a hot drink on hand. The best way to do this is with a thermos. Fill with a warm drink of choice when it’s cold outside, alternatively a cool drink in warmer weather.
Water Resistant Clothing
Water resistant clothing is a must especially for those rainy days when the rain seems to completely miss the umbrella and soak you to the bone. Keen golfers like to invest in golf waterproofs from companies like Function 18 because “you can’t just use any old rubbish” – thanks dad.
You can get waterproof hats for golf interestingly. Honestly, with my lot I seem to learn something new every day. Although dad has an extremely wide parting (nice way of saying he’s bald up top) he doesn’t appreciate rain rolling off his head and down his neck. A good waterproof hat is therefore essential.
Rain especially when accompanied by a little wind is going to make a beeline for your face. Having a small dry towel handy can be just what you need to keep your face dry and help you keep that competitive edge.
A trolley is always a good idea. It makes playing golf so much more pleasurable than it would be if you have to lug a great big heavy bag around. Go one step further and get an electric one and light foot it around the course far more easily.
Summer shoes are not waterproof. You really don’t want to take these out with you on a rainy day. Waterproof shoes are essential. It’s pretty distracting walking around with squelching shoes I can tell you.
On super muddy days my dad wears golf wellingtons. I know, I didn’t know these even existed but apparently, they are very good! Dad has been golfing for many years now so knows just about everything in relation to the sport.
Change of Gloves
It’s important to use all-weather gloves on rainy days. You will often need more than one pair and it’s an idea to keep them separate from wet gloves in a waterproof bag.
Marigolds – Glove Alternative
I may have forgotten to mention that dad is a little eccentric. He really doesn’t care what anyone thinks and has on occasion been seen playing golf with none other than marigold gloves in wet weather. Apparently, you get a great grip, far better than with gloves. That golf club isn’t slipping out of your grip when you are armed with marigolds (excuse the pun). And yes, I didn’t believe him at first but he insisted he wasn’t pulling my leg.
Warmers for those days that are both cold and rainy are always useful. Simply activate them, pop them into your socks or gloves to keep hands feeling toasty.
No matter how well a bag is made if you are playing in the rain often you will need to protect it and its contents. Golf bags and their contents can be kept dry easily with bag covers.
It’s amazing how having the right items can really improve your golf game in wet weather. The aforementioned items are pretty important and the main things any golfer will require when playing golf in the rain.
Which items do you think you’d find most useful when playing golf in the rain?
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