Surefire Tips To Help You Play Golf On A Windy DayFriday, January 10th, 2020
Windy days on the golf course are not fun, even for the seasoned golfer. The stiff winds can ruin an easy putt in just one big gust. However, there are a few tips and tricks to playing golf on a windy day that can give you a slight edge. Remember these suggestions the next time you’re challenged by a stiff breeze while playing the green.
Calculate where the wind will goWhile you’re sizing up your shot, you may notice yourself making estimates on how much force to use in the swing, the direction you lean in, and so on. On a windy day, be sure to include the breeze into your calculations.
Don’t fight itIt may seem counter-intuitive, but fighting the wind will only have a negative impact on your game. If you lean into the wind during a swing, you’ll be more likely to have a steep swing path. Maintain a proper stance, if you need more stability you can always squat a bit lower.
Keep a low flight pathMake sure that you’re aiming for a low flight path when you swing. The higher a ball goes, the more it is at the mercy of the wind. One way to aim for a lower flight path is to stand about an inch back from your normal stance and then make a three-quarter swing. As you make the swing, you’ll want to near down on the ball without swinging steeply. Keep your focus on guiding the ball forward.
Playing crosswindsIf you’re faced with playing a crosswind from the tree, find where the wind is blowing and set up the ball on the opposite side of the tee box. For example, if the wind is blowing right-to-left, tee up on the left side. You’ll want to have your swing to where you’re aimed at the right section of the fairway. For a left-to-right crosswind you’d do the inverse. This method maximizes your leeway in playing the wind.
Playing headwinds and tailwindsWhen playing these windy forces, you’ll want to remember to keep your ball’s flight path low, as mentioned before.
- Headwinds: be sure to use more club than usual. Implement that three quarter swing to drive the ball low.
- Tailwinds: For this, use less club than what you’re accustomed to. The wind will push the ball along with it.