Playing in the rain

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Golden Tee tips tricks rain playYou’ll encounter rainy conditions every now and then during a round of Golden Tee. Contrary to what you might think, rain does not slow the ball down in the air after your shot. Rain takes effect after your ball hits the ground, as it slows the surface, causing your ball to roll less than it would on a dry surface. So, the biggest tip while playing in the rain is to anticipate the reduction in roll after your ball lands!  You should club down a bit from the recommended distance due to the still-normal air time.

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  1. Putting in the rain or on wet greens.

    This is a situation that is most likely to effect your score of any particular hole. Wet greens slow the ball down (obviously)somewhat dramatically and you have to take this into account in order to make your birdie or eagle putt.

    Since the ball is slowed down, the slope of the green has more time to effect the path of the ball. To combat this effect you have to consider the following before making your put.

    1) Putting up hill– Hit it harder…not a lot but a little harder all the same. You don’t want to “Nancy” these putts.
    2) Putting down hill–You still have to hit the ball harder. With a wet green you are less likely to “lip-out” by hitting it too hard, but you still have to get it to the area around the pin to have a chance at making it.
    3) Putting side-hill–In my opinion this is the most important consideration for wet greens. Because the ball takes longer to get to the pin due to the moisture on the putting surface, the side slope has a longer amount of time to act on the ball’s path. One method I use to compenstae for wet greens is to hit the ball at more of an angle from the cup than you normally would for a “dry” putt of the same distance. For example: A 30′ putt on a 5 degree up, 5 degree left with a wet green should be attacked as if is a 30′ putt on a 5 degree up, 6-7 degree up green. Another way that I approach these putts is to think about about the “dry-length” equivalent of a wet put. I would consider the 30′ wet putt mentioned above to be a dry put of a longer distance, say a putt of 35 to 45 feet, but with the same slope.

    Either approach in your thought process has the same effect, namely accounting for the fact that slower (wet) greens have longer time to effect the path of the ball than do dry greens.

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