Bad Weather Golf (A Beginners Guide)

by Steve | Last Updated: 27 April 2021

If there is a chance of playing bad weather golf for all you weekend Golfers, it’s essential that you check the weather forecast a day ahead or at least before you leave for the golf course. 

Be sure to have everything you need with you to successfully get you through your round.

As we all know the weather can easily change within the four to five hours you are out doing battle with the course.

Do you need to carry your waterproofs with you or can you leave them behind?

Should you be carrying an umbrella?

Do you have extra gloves with you and even a spare towel?

Playing The 8th hole at Manor House in the rain

Also check the forecast for the days wind strength to help decide what type of clothing you might need to wear.

The combination of knowing the wind strength and even it’s direction before you arrive at the course can also help your mindset of how you might need to adjust your game.

This will give you a clear idea of what conditions to expect when you arrive to play.

Be sure to arrive in plenty of time at the course so you can make good use of the practice facilities.

If the weather is adverse learn how far the ball is travelling compared to your yardage in calm conditions.

For example is it a one or two club wind?

By this I mean playing into the wind might add another two clubs onto your shot, so in calm conditions it might be a seven iron but now a two club wind becomes a five iron to achieve the same distance.

Down wind would be the opposite, a seven would become a nine iron to achieve the correct distance.

In very windy conditions you would be wise to hit some soft half shots on the range, keeping the ball controlled and under the wind.

The harder you hit the ball the more it will balloon upwards in the wind losing distance and control.

Take a note of the yardage you achieve when practicing this soft half shot with various irons on the range.

This will help you achieve a better distance response by having a more educated choice of club when you use this shot on the course.

Spend a few minutes in the practice bunker to get a feel of the texture of the sand.

Heavy periods of rain could have a massive effect on how compact the sand becomes and its resistance to the club through impact will change.

This practice will help you to quickly adapt to these conditions and have a better chance of gaining good distance control.

These practice shots also give you an opportunity to see how the ball is reacting on the green. Is the ball checking up more than normal or is it releasing  forward more?

So the message is to not leave anything to chance.

Give yourself the best opportunity to perform better regardless of the weather conditions, preparation is everything!

Happy Golfing


Steve King, the founder of Fore King Golf, started playing golf at the tender age of 29, after years spent playing many other sports and getting dodgy knees. Although late to the game, Steve soon fell in love with the sport and found himself, like many others, addicted to the pursuit of improvement and playing better. He is currently a member of The Kendleshire Golf Club & Hercules Golf Society, as well as running several competitions for Fore King Golf