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#1 Lancj1

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:09 AM

Rain. cold rain, warm rain, fine rain, heavy rain. It seems to just rain in the UK at the moment. I can honestly say if golf had to be played in the rain, I would stop playing golf. Rain, for me, takes away everything that is enjoyable about the sport.

I have just come off at 9, soaked, 9 holes filled with beginner shots, soaked cards, soaked clubs, soaked balls. I only came off at 9 because I felt it would be silly walking off after 3.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:17 AM

It's the worst.

That, and wind.  I don't care for wind one bit.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:35 AM

Yeah. The weekend was gorgeous. I might try and get my usual Tuesday evening in as the satellite picture suggests a cloudless evening coming in from the West here (central England). Depends on the timing though as there's a bank of cloud which might arrive just as I set off from work.

Damn' satellite view - it always seem to reach the end of the cycle just when it's getting interesting ;)

But the weekend is now looking dodgy again :(

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:38 AM

I don't mind the cold or the wind but the rain sucks not my thing.
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:16 AM

View PostLancj1, on 24 April 2018 - 10:09 AM, said:

Rain. cold rain, warm rain, fine rain, heavy rain. It seems to just rain in the UK at the moment. I can honestly say if golf had to be played in the rain, I would stop playing golf. Rain, for me, takes away everything that is enjoyable about the sport.

I have just come off at 9, soaked, 9 holes filled with beginner shots, soaked cards, soaked clubs, soaked balls. I only came off at 9 because I felt it would be silly walking off after 3.

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Does summer get much better for you? It seems like you guys are so much at the mercy of the Ocean according to andrue's satellite pic today...

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:22 AM

It seems worse than ever this year. We do usually get a warmer spell of dryer weather we know as summer, but it’s not Florida that’s for sure!
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:28 AM

Lancj1, does it get crazy there like it does whenever I see the Open in Scotland?  Seeing guys playing in long sleeves when it's 50 degrees out in crazy wind in July is....weeeeeird.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 12:17 PM

Depends on the type of rain, if it's a light or misty rain, being from Florida there is nothing better or more enjoyable especially if there is a light refreshing breeze..

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 01:49 PM

View PostSixtySomePing, on 24 April 2018 - 11:16 AM, said:

View PostLancj1, on 24 April 2018 - 10:09 AM, said:

Rain. cold rain, warm rain, fine rain, heavy rain. It seems to just rain in the UK at the moment. I can honestly say if golf had to be played in the rain, I would stop playing golf. Rain, for me, takes away everything that is enjoyable about the sport.

I have just come off at 9, soaked, 9 holes filled with beginner shots, soaked cards, soaked clubs, soaked balls. I only came off at 9 because I felt it would be silly walking off after 3.

Rant over
Does summer get much better for you? It seems like you guys are so much at the mercy of the Ocean according to andrue's satellite pic today...
Generally, yes. It warms up a bit (typically around 20c most days where I am(*)) and rain becomes less common. Most of our weather comes in from the Atlantic so the west coast gets the worst of the rain and parts of the east coast are almost semi-arid.

Rain is possible on any day of the year but the odds become very much longer between May and September and if it strikes it's often only a shower. For a washout day in the summer you probably need to live further north than me :)

The Scottish open being in Scotland means that you can get some horrible weather even in summer. I think that's probably why the Scottish became so good at distilling whisky. With a climate like that you need a good stiff drink :)

And yeah, I gave up on my golf for tonight. Might have got nine in only slightly dampened but then it got serious. Looks like the clouds were forming over the land so the gap never arrived.

(*)Half way between the lowest two dots (Birmingham and London).

Edited by andrue, 24 April 2018 - 01:55 PM.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 01:52 PM

Right now i'll take anything other than ice and snow.

Last week a stupid ice storm with a foot of ice and snow hit us.  Rain would be welcome over that crap.

That being said, I don't mind rain, would rather play in the rain than the wind.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:00 AM

View Postvaca22, on 24 April 2018 - 10:17 AM, said:

It's the worst.

That, and wind.  I don't care for wind one bit.
I.can handle wind. And I can handle rain. But when you get both a the same time, you can find me at the bar.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:04 AM

What is rain?
a yank from the top
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:40 AM

I can handle the wind but rain, other than an occasional light shower, is a deal breaker for me.  I have played through deluges and to me it is horrible - cold, wet, trouble holding the club, and water down my neck.  Since I just semi-retired I can be more selective when I play.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:16 AM

Sucks in NC also. Either rain or wind. Especially windy lately. This weekend looks good and we are close to really good weather.

Courses also look so bad this time of year going through the transition.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 09:22 AM

I can play if rain is light. Put on the rain gear and a hat and it's tolerable. If its a moderate/steady rain I'm done, I'm not going to be miserable and play like garbage for no reason. Wind is another one... Where I live when the wind blows, it BLOWS. I'm talking 30+MPH on a lot of days. The other day I was playing a 200 yard par 3, Hit a solid 3 wood and ended up short of the green. Then hit a 9 iron 30 yards over the green a couple holes later.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:02 AM

View PostBurglar, on 25 April 2018 - 07:04 AM, said:

What is rain?

Come on, now, I’ve been to Tucson during monsoon season.  Rain drops the size of silver dollars.
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:08 AM

It could be worse...you could live in Canada!!!!

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:17 AM

Rain's not too bad as long as it's a light shower to medium drizzle. Anything harder, especially if you add wind then playing or finishing a round isn't worth it to me. Rain gear is important, too. I wouldn't skimp on it especially if I lived in an area where it rains a lot

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:20 AM

I played an outing last year. It rained alll day. The most miserable golf I ever played

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:55 AM

Sheesh. Today we've had a mix of sunshine, drizzle, thunder, lightning and hail with and without strong winds.

's mad!

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 02:54 PM

View Postmarmooskapaul, on 25 April 2018 - 10:08 AM, said:

It could be worse...you could live in Canada!!!!
I think Canada has a far better golf season weather wise than Scotland and england. Unfortunately the season is only about 7.5 months max everywhere but the west coast.

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 03:08 PM

Rain is just a pain in the a**. Trying to keep everything dry, wiping down your grips, etc. etc. etc. is just more trouble than it's worth.

Many moons ago, I lost my grip on a tee shot in the rain - club slipped right out of my hands at the top of the follow-through and ended up in a tree. The only thing worse than playing golf in the rain is climbing trees in the rain - especially in golf shoes.
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 05:59 PM

Our rain comes with electricity most of the time........and so the horns blow and it's a race
for shelter.

On another note I thought you guys in the UK said if it ain't raining and the wind ain't blowing
it ain't golf!
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 06:16 PM

View Postvaca22, on 24 April 2018 - 10:17 AM, said:

It's the worst.

That, and wind.  I don't care for wind one bit.

Of all the elements - it's unequivocally the worst SOB of them all

Rain ain't got s*** on the wind

The cold is a close 2nd

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:16 PM

Rain+cold+wind = time to call in sick for work :fie:


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Posted 28 April 2018 - 03:00 PM

Get a decent pair of rain gloves, the variety that is supposed to be wet and you wear on both hands, and keep them on the whole round. Playing in rain isn’t very enyojable but if you are on a golf trip or have entered a tourney and must play whatever the weather a pair of rain gloves will let you concentrate on the game and not your equipment.
Waterproofs will also alliow you to get rid of the umbrella. The key is to strip away everything that must be kept dry.

Personally I also like to add five strokes to my hcp and try to beat that. In horrible weather you cant expect to play to your usual standard.
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Posted 28 April 2018 - 07:16 PM

Rain also returned this weekend after last week's record breaking "Indian Summer" like temperature.
Besides the moisture, the temperature has a near 30° F swing .  A few days mid week last week hit over 80°F and today the high will be in the mid 50° F.  Rained mostly all day, rain tomorrow and the next day.  
But good news is, Sunny days will return mid week next week, again.

Inconsistent weather pattern is about the only consistency in recent years.  We pray nothing worst will happen.

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 07:33 PM

Rain isn’t a problem. I enjoy playing in any weather. We bail when there is serious lighting but that’s about it.

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 08:51 PM

I’d almost rather play in the rain, than a sunny day the day after it rained and, although the weather is awesome, the course is soaked and I hit fat shots all day.

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 09:24 PM

Surprised to hear a UK golfer complaining about rain. Might as well complain about death and taxes.

You've got one of the best makers of rain gear over there (Galvin Green). Being in Portland, OR, we get a lot of rain too, but if we didn't play in the rain, we would only be golfing 3 months out of the year.

Foul weather golf gear has gotten orders of magnitude better in the last decade. I can play in 40* F temps with rain and it is no problem. Would I rather golf in 70* and sunshine? Sure but not gonna happen. At least with modern clothing, you can stay warm, dry and not feel like the Michelin man when swinging a golf club.

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