Lesson learned: playing in the wind
I love watching the PGA Tour in Hawaii. Even though the season technically started a few months ago, I’ve only just realized it.
Anyway, another reason I love watching golfers play in Hawaii is that I can learn a lot from what I’ve seen-not just for my own game, but also as a teacher who helps others. For example, the style of playing “light breeze” in Hawaii is not much different from Golf, which is played in Florida. One of the problems I work on with my students all the time is Golf in the wind. The way golfers deal with Hawaiian-branded winds and still earn an incredible amount of points shows us all that the wind shouldn’t spoil the game. Nary.
For a golfer, the wind is part of the game. But it doesn’t have to be a destructive element. Here are a few tips on how to handle the wind on the Golf course.
When the wind blows in Your face:
Full contact is important. Although your instinct will tell You that you need to hit harder than usual, in fact, you need to do the opposite. Focus more on pace and balance. Practice your stroke at approximately 75% of Your normal pace. The backswing and tracking of the ball with the stick should be slightly reduced. When you are ready to hit, shift the ball slightly for a lower flight path. Take at least one additional stick (depending on the strength of the wind) to determine the required Mach length in a headwind.
Remember that the headwind increases the deflection of the ball, so that balls with left or right rotation will move even more. However, this is not a reason to use only direct strikes. Map out the line of flight of the ball, determine whether it will be a direct hit or a deflection, and make a shorter swing.
When the wind is at your back:
The deflection of the ball will decrease, but you will need to take into account the extra distance and torsion of the ball. And although not all professionals will agree with me, for the vast majority of novice players in a fair wind, clubs with increased lift are best suited – so in this wind, two pitching wedge clubs can be safely replaced with one iron-5. Again, you don’t need to hit harder than usual – the wind will take care of the extra meters. And, of course, take at least one additional stick with you to determine the desired distance and rotation.
Probably the most uncomfortable wind for a golfer. In this wind, I advise my students to use a direct blow whenever possible. Various teachers will say that it is better to work in the direction of the wind, some will say-against. But I understand that many players may not have that choice. You must move your center of gravity a little forward, so that the stick will touch the ball before it touches the ground. This will also help maintain a good balance during the impact.
In all these cases, confidence in the chosen tactic plays a key role. I advise you to work on a shorter whiplash and see how the different positions of the ball affect the trajectory and movement. If you prepare for the game in any wind, you will be able to adapt to the conditions on the field faster and better than others in the group.
Remember, Golf is played outdoors, and these factors make the game not only more difficult, but also more interesting. There are no ideal conditions, so go out on the field and enjoy the game, regardless of whether it’s calm outside or the wind is blowing!