A Messy Situation
The ball flight will typically travel in the opposite direction of the mud, so adjust your aim accordingly. However, it is not an exact science, so don’t over-think it. Some say the ball flight is affected more than distance.
Why is mud a challenge for players, even the pros?
Mud on a golf ball is effectively messing with the dimple factor. Dimples play a key role in the aerodynamics of ball flight! So, if the mud is on the right side of the ball, assume that the ball will veer left, and vice versa. The rule of thumb when playing a mud ball is to take one more club and aim according to the mud factor. Oh yeah…and pray. Hopefully, the lift, clean, and place rule is in effect that day!