Golf and Weather, What You Need to Know…

When most people check the weather before going out for a round of golf, they look for two things, will it be cool and will it be dry. Lately, its been a great time to hit the green, making it a perfect time to examine how weather can impact your golf game.

Credit: Hotel Der Oeshberghof via Flickr

Credit: Hotel Der Oeshberghof via Flickr

First and foremost, it is important to be safe while playing golf. Heat and lightning are two major risks that can ruin a day at the country club. WeatherBug can vastly help in this area with its top-notch advanced alerting capabilities and with its useful Spark feature. WeatherBug provides both NWS warnings and watches along with our very own Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (which are 50% faster than any other alert from competing apps) giving you the time you need to get to safety. Exclusive to WeatherBug, Spark turns your smartphone into a personal lightning detector, with minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning strike alerts, in real-time, based on data from the WeatherBug total lightning detection network! 

Spark in WeatherBug for Android. Also available in our iPhone app!

Spark in WeatherBug for Android. Also available in our iPhone app!

Here are some additional tips to maintain a safe game:

  • Make sure to always have cool water on hand, and try to stay in the shade when it is not your turn.
  • Wear loose clothing, and try to wear light colors — they reflect the sun’s rays.
  • If thunder is heard, seek shelter immediately.
  • Never seek shelter under a tree. Try to get into the pro shop or a close building.
  • Wait until at least a half hour after the last bolt to resume play.
Credit: Dominic Sayers via Flickr - Windy day at Tobago Plantations Golf club

Credit: Dominic Sayers via Flickr – Windy day at Tobago Plantations Golf club

Wind is a major factor, as it can have a profound impact on the flight of the golf ball. If the wind is behind you, it can carry the ball further down the course. If you hit a shot into a strong wind, the wind will knock the ball down towards the ground. In this situation, switching to a golf club that favors a lower trajectory can help increase the distance the ball travels.

Credit: John Haslam

Credit: John Haslam

Course conditions are also important. Recent heavy rains will slow the course down. Golf balls are more likely to stop rolling when the fairways and greens are wet. Conversely, very dry conditions can help the ball bounce further. However, fast greens can make putting very challenging, as the ball might roll several extra feet past the hole.

Credit: Dar'ya Sipyeykina via Flickr

Credit: Dar’ya Sipyeykina via Flickr

Heat, humidity, and elevation are other factors that can affect your golf game. Just think, how would your game be different if you played in Colorado as opposed to Florida? The altitude in Colorado will make your ball travel further due to the lower air pressure. The warmer, humid air in Florida can influence the spin of the golf ball, which plays a role in shot distance and accuracy.

WeatherBug's Golf forecast tells you when the best times/days to golf are!

WeatherBug’s Golf forecast tells you when the best times/days to golf are!

To further your success on the course, be sure to check WeatherBug’s Golf forecast and/or download the WeatherBug app (it’s free and also has both our Golf forecast and Spark):

WeatherBug for Android

WeatherBug for iPhone

Credit: Harold MM via Flickr

Credit: Harold MM via Flickr

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