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How To Play Better Golf In The Rain

by Todd Mahovlich on September 25, 2013

Rain Golf

How to play better golf in the rain

September is almost over. My envision of an Indian Summer here in Canda has not come to fruition.

Disappointing.  What’s worse is that we’ve seen a lot of rain.

My job as one of Victoria BC Real Estate Agents keeps me busy during the summer. So September is usually my month to golf. And Iv’e been out a few times.

But it’s hard to shot a good score in the rain. And that’s why I thought I would contact Jordan about writing this blog post

Before I was a Victoria BC realtor, I was a PGA of Canada Golf Professional like Jordan. I still enjoy helping golfers improve their games. Thus why I am blogging today. I want to help those of you who plan to play fall and winter golf.

How To Play Better Golf In The Rain

1) Embrace and play in the rain as much as you can

When I was younger and wanting to be a great player, I would play as much as I could.  This meant that when the rains came, I was out on the course regardless of how bad the weather was.  It was perfect because it really helped my tournament rounds because I had so much experience playing in it.

Another reason I liked it was because no one else was on the course and it was easier to practice on the course.

2) Invest in Good Rain Gear

It’s pretty simple but not many people have the the proper rain gear.  You need water proof rain jacket and pants if you have any hope of staying dry.  Take a look below at Foot Joys jackets and pants as they are the best company for price and quality of rain gear.

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You will also need an umbrella to keep your bag and clubs dry. It’s important to focus on keeping the grips dry. When you hit a shot, be sure to put the umbrella on top of your golf bag so it stays nice and dry.

Also keep your towel in the spokes of the umbrealla. When you take a club out you can then wipe it down using your dry towel that is hanging nicely under the umbrella! See the picture below for an idea of how to keep the towel dry.

Another great tip for keeping your grips dry is to have a roll of paper towel or even toilet paper in your bag.

How to Play better golf in the rain

Keep the towel dry inside the umbrella like this caddy here

The last piece of rain gear you need is waterproof rain gloves. Your grips will get a little damp no matter how well you keep them dry. Rain gloves actually perform better when they’re wet.

3) Adjust Your Mindset

When it rains it will be tougher to play bette. You first have to come to grips with this.

I’m not saying you will play bad but the conditions make the game harder then it already is. The first thing you need to do is adjust your mindset to start thinking this way.

If a wet grip caused the club to slip a bit during your swing, or if you hit a shot fat because the ground was wet, or if your putt didn’t make it to the hole because the green had some water on it making it slower, you have to accept that this stuff will happen because the course is wet.

Everyone else playing that day has to deal with the same elements and they will encounter the same stuff as you did. If you hanlde and accept these bad breaks, you will be ahead of the field. If you get upset and angry, you are not moving on and exerting too much energy on the past and stuff you have no control over.

4) Change Your expectations

Adjust your personal par and lower your expectations. A great tool for me when playing in the rain is to lower my expectations of how well I will play. Because it is raining and it will be tougher to play better, I set a higher then normal personal par for myself that day. This helps me when I make a bogey not to get discouraged because everyone else out there is going to have a hard time playing well.

5) Play less break when putting

I already mentioned the greens will be slower due to the rain. This means that you will have to play less break on the greens. Due to the moisture the greens will not roll out and break as much.

Conversly you will have to hit your putts harder to get them to the hole. A putt can’t go in unless you hit it atleast to the hole!

6) Adjust your strategy

Your strategy needs to change as well. I tend to play less aggressive in the rain and try to avoid making mistakes as much as I can. Sometimes bogeys are not that bad. Everyone else will be struggling because they haven’t the right mental game to play in the rain, or because they’re expectations are the same or they don’t have the proper rain gear. But now that you read this post and have changed your golf strategy, you will be well ahead of your playing competitors!

Now get out there and embrace the elements when it’s raining and have fun!

 

Todd Mahovlich

Todd is former PGA of Canda Golf Professional turned real estate agent in Victoria BC. When he's not selling homes he's out supporting his kids play sports or on the golf course.

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Here’s what you can learn from Rory

That Rory McIlroy is pretty damn good.

His maturity level as a golfer is extremely high. He plays the game well beyond his age of 23.

For this reason alone I think he has a great shot and becoming better than Jack and Tiger.

But that discussion is for another day.

His win yesterday at the Deutsche Bank was impressive for a number of reasons.

I want to break down three reasons and what you can learn from them

Two deal with the mental game (suprise!) and the other with course management.

Watch this video for a tips from Rory McIlroy’s victory that you can implement into your game instantly.

Bonus Tip

 
There is something I didn’t mention.

Half way through the 3rd round when Louis went on his run of seven straight birdies, Rory was six shots back. Instead getting frustrated at what Louis was doing….

Hello birdies!

Rory focused on himself and his score.

This focus helped him close the gap to three shots before the round was over. Being only three shots back instead of six was huge!

Rory maintained focus on his game and cut into Louis’ lead

The thing you can learn from this focus on things you can control. Your swing and how you play are things you can control.

Another players score is something you cannot control. Rory knows this. That’s why he kept cool and didn’t let something out of his control phase him.

So next time an opponent makes a long putt or gets a good break, don’t let it phase you. You can’t control that outcome.

But you can control your own mindset.

What Do You Think?

 
What else do you like about Rory’s game and wish you could do?

Jordan

Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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Don’t be shy fellas!

Here’s a simple way to lower golf scores. It requires you to switch things up.

And by switching it up, I mean sucking it up.

You see, playing the same course over and over isn’t the best for your game.

Why?

Because it becomes stale.

You know the holes too well, hit the same clubs off the tees and have the sightlines all figured out.

You’re too comfortable playing your home course. This isn’t a good thing. 

You need to be pushed outside your comfort zone.

I have a way to change that though. A way that will help you to lower golf scores.

The Away Game

 
In interclubs it’s common for members to struggle at their opponents course. The same for tournament golf.

When you get to a course that you’re not comfortable on, it’s easy to struggle. You’re unfamiliar with a lot of things. The yardages, the sightlines, the lies along with the speed and break of the greens. All these add up to high scores.

Now do you see why playing the same course over and over isn’t necessarily great for your game?

It’s not just golf. Look at any other sport. Many MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA teams play way better at home than on the road.

Outside of the top teams, they all had far better home than road records

And it all has to do with their comfort level.

That’s why playing the ladies tees will be good for your game and comfort level.

Don’t Be Shy Of the Red Tees

 
The ladies tees don’t have cooties!

Perhaps this was sparked by my last post on golf swing tempo and why males should swing like girls.

But it reminded me of when I was trying to become a better player. At my home course I would always try and vary what tee boxes I would play.

There’s no doubt this helped me become a scratch golfer within seven years. That’s why I suggest you do the same and vary up which tee boxes you play.

Here’s four reasons why.

#1 – Confidence Boost

 
Playing off shorter tees will lower your scores. This will in turn boost your confidence. 

Let’s say that you’re struggling to break 90. When you move up a few tee markers, you’ll be able to break 90 with ease. That’s going to have a huge impact on your confidence level.

All of a sudden you’ll be strutting around like you’re Kanye West after just doing this…

I’d be strutting for sure

Take this new found confidence and work your way back to the tees you normally play. Right away you’ll see an impact on the scorecard.

#2 – Enjoyment

 
It injects fun into the game.

Last year the PGA of America along with Adams Golf founder Barney Adams launched the Tee It Forward campaign. Part of the reason was to speed up play. But it was also to make the game slightly easier for enjoyment purposes.

All of a sudden you’ll be able to reach par 5’s in two, hit shorter irons into some par 4 greens and be able to carry bunkers or hazards that you’ve never carried.

I’m all for making the game more fun. This is one way I guarantee you’ll have more fun on the course.

And when more fun is had on the course, lower golf scores tend to follow you around like that dorky girl who had a crush on you back in Junior High.

#3 – Pushing Your Comfort Zone

 
When you play from different tees, you’ll put yourself into different positions on the course.

I’ve played in a lot of scrambles with players of all abilities. On the holes were my tee shot is used, my teammates always remark “I’ve never hit a shot from here before!”

That excitement turns to disappointment if they hit a poor shot. And they do hit a poor shots. The reason is because it’s a shot they’ve never faced. They’re uncomfortable about the yardage and the angle into the green.

I’m sure you’ve felt this way over shots you’ve never had at the course you frequent most. It can all be avoided though simply by playing different tees.

#4 – Different Course

 
You may belong to a club or play at the one you really like. Because of this you don’t get out and play other courses.

Not to worry!

Playing from different tees is like playing a different course. Each hole is a different yardage so you’re going to hit different clubs. This will spill over as you work your way to the green.

The angles will also change. A hole might be more or less of a dogleg than from the tees you normally play.

Overall the course will look and play different. All the way up to the green of course. But it’s a great way to add some variety into your game.

All these areas will help you to lower golf scores. So get out there and switch it up!

Adjust Your Personal Par

 
A quick note here.

If you’ve read all of my posts on personal par you’ll have to adjust your personal par for each holes.

A personal par is a par based on how you play a course or a hole. So instead of playing off the scorecards par (which is irrelevant anyways) you create your own par.

Learn more about personal par by clicking that link above. It’s a technique Tiger Woods used early on in his career.

I mean if Tiger does it, you should too! Except cheat on your wife with waffle house waitress!

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Unless of course you want to get a discount of waffles or something which I’m totally cool with.

What Do You Think?

 
Have you tried this before? If so, what are your results from different tee boxes?

Jordan

Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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Adopt the mindset of Usain Bolt when dealing with pressure on the course

Pressure in golf happens. I want you to thrive under it.

You can do that by learning from Usain Bolt. After all I am going through Olympic withdrawals.

It’s been years since I was glued to the TV like that.

Every athlete is an inspiration.

They work hard to achieve their goals and dreams.

But there’s one athlete that really inspired me.

And he should inspire you.

However, not for his athletic ability.

Lets be honest, we golfers are not athletic freaks like Usain.

Instead here’s five things you can learn from Bolt dealt on dealing with pressure.

#1 – Have Fun

 
Even before the biggest race of his life, Bolt is still able to have fun.

Skip ahead in the video below to 3:10 to see how much fun Bolt was having during his introduction. An introduction that is all of 2 minutes before the race.

By having fun he’s able to relax. We all know being able to relax is not easy in a pressure situation on the course.

But if you can smile and laugh, you’ll release a lot of tension and stress that accompanies pressure.

#2 – Make Pressure Your Friend

 
With all the pressure Bolt is still able to perform at a high level.

Why? Because pressure is his best friend.

In an interview after the 100 m final he stated that he performed better in front of such a large crowd. It’s as if he’s not interested unless there’s lots of people watching. That might be the reason why Yohan Blake was able to beat him at the Jamaica trials.

He loves the spotlight. You should too.

#3 – Visualize Success

 
After Bolt’s name is introduced and the camera pans to the next competitor, there is no doubt that he is visualizing running a successful race.

He’s running the race in his head. Feeling each stride and seeing himself cross the finish line first.

I wouldn’t hesitate to go as far to say that I bet he visualizes himself standing on the podium accepting the gold.

#4 – Remember The Good Rounds

 
The greats always have the ability to block out past failures. Bolt wasn’t thinking about finishing runner up to Blake in the Jamaica trials.

Nope. He was thinking about 2008 and Beijing.

Download the good shots and rounds to your memory bank. Then pull them out when you’re getting ready for a big round or shot.

Remember how you walked along with what your body and mind felt.

Doing all these will focus on positive instances.

#5 – Breath

 
Bolt and ever other runner always takes a deep breath before they take their mark. Up until the gun they’re focusing on their breathing.

This helps the body and mind become more focused and present.

Nick Faldo talked about the importance of breathing during last year’s PGA Championship. Eventual champion Keegan Bradley hit a very poor first putt on the 10th green. At the time he was 2 shots behind.

That’s when Sir Nick dropped this nugget of wisdom for Keegan for Keegan.

Hide And Go Seek

 
Pressure is like your friend growing up who always found you when you played hide and go seek. No matter where you tried to hide, they found you.

Pressure will always be there. You have to accept it and do what you can to perform your best.

The last thing I want to you to do is hit poor shots because of pressure. Instead of spending time on the range, get out and play tourmanents to see how you react under pressure.

Being a range rat will only get you so far. It doesn’t prepare you like a tournament round would.

Even the Best Fold

 
A couple weeks back Jim Furyk collapsed and butchered the 18th hole at the WGC event.

There were a few things I chalked his collapse up to. But one of them was pressure.

Here’s what you can learn from that collapse.

Bottom line is you will fold under pressure from time to time. Every one does. Just focus hard on the positives and the times you excelled.

What Do You Think?

 
Is there any other athletes that you admire for how they handle pressure?

Jordan

Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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Learn how Rory overcame a ball stuck in a tree to win the PGA

I’ve got some great mental game tips that Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship using. These are tips you can implement in your own game right now.

Tip #1

 
Learn how to overcome bad breaks and how to deal with them. Rory got a very bad break early in the 3d round but that did not effect him. I’ll teach you how he able to overcome that horrible break and why it was the most pivotal moment of the tournament.

Tip #2

 
Rory missed a couple of short putts early Sunday morning. I list of five things you can do when you miss a short putt.

Tip #3

 
Tiger is struggling with trusting his swing on the weekends at majors. If you lack trust in your swing during pressure situations, this tip is for you. Learn how to trust your swing more when the pressure is on!

Enjoy the video and let me know what you learned.
 

 

What do you think

 
What do you do to overcome missed short putts or bad breaks?

Jordan

Jordan J. Caron is a former Canadian PGA Class A member who still wants to help golfers shoot better scores. He is also the President of Meaningful Marketing. In his downtime he likes to read, play squash and drink wine.

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You could hit the best putt of your life. But if you’re no good at reading greens, you got no chance. This is the most overlooked aspect of putting. But it won’t be after you read this post! You’ll learn how to improve at these while reading this article. JordanJordan J. Caron is a former […]

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The dreaded “s” word. There might not be anything worse than hitting one. The feel. The sound. The flight of the ball. Yuck! But you’ve got them. That’s alright because I’ve helped lots of players deal with this problem. I guess you could say I’m some sort of shank healer. Read on an explain how easy […]

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