I tried to play golf the other day.
The weatherman said that the wind was gusting at 15 mph, but I’m convinced it was at least a constant 35. It was rough (no pun intended).
Wind can be exhausting and challenging. Trying to control a tiny ball that weighs less than two ounces in those conditions can seems like an impossible task. There are moments where you just stand over the ball and know that the wind is going to get the best of you, but you take the swing anyway.
Some people might’ve called it quits instead of continuing to play, but not me. I’m sure a lot of you reading this article are the same way. Other people may call us crazy, but we just like to say we’re passionate.
A windy day is a new challenge and a chance to test our skills in a different way, but that doesn’t mean it’s not frustrating at the same time. When playing golf in the wind, there are a couple things you can do to improve your chances of scoring well.
First, it might sound cliché, but it’s true…when it’s breezy, swing easy. That means, resist the urge to swing harder just because you’re hitting it into the wind. That’ll throw off your timing and balance; two things you don’t want to sacrifice in windy conditions.
A harder swing also increases your spin rate, which will either cause the ball to elevate too much or dramatically curve with the direction of the wind. The truth is, most people can’t beat a strong wind just by swinging harder. It only makes the shot worse.
I always like to say that there are two main swing factors that determine distance; swing speed and centeredness of contact. Never sacrifice centeredness of contact for swing speed though. When we try to power up and swing faster, it makes it even harder to make good, solid impact.
Try swinging at 80-85% intensity instead of 100% and you’ll give yourself a better chance of hitting the center of the face. A shot hit true will hold up much better in the wind.