How To Deal With Extremely Windy Conditions
One of the most important things to always keep in mind when playing in heavy wind is to constantly check the
Wind blowing right into your face on one hole may be blowing in a crosswind on the next. In fact, wind can
change from tee to green. The trick is always to check the direction and force of the wind before making each
If you find yourself playing in a crosswind, take heart. While crosswinds are often considered the hardest types
of winds to play, there are some things you can do.
As you consider the shot you want to make, remember that crosswinds can increase the effects of spin that is on
the ball. Crosswinds can also reduce, to a significant level, the amount of distance you get. What this means is if
you hook or slice, the crosswind may magnify the hook or slice.
For those shots that you want to land soft, try hitting into the crosswind. For shots that you want to roll, try
hitting with the crosswind.
The next shot to learn for windy day golf play is often
called the knockdown shot. A knockdown shot is based on a partial swing in which the hands are kept in front of the
ball at impact.
This shot is great for keeping the golf ball low, while maintaining control. When you play a knockdown shot,
keep your follow through low with your wrists locked.
If you are playing into a headwind, play the ball back in your stance and use more club to compensate for the
headwind. Using more club also makes it easier for you to keep the ball low.
A mistake many golfers make when playing into the wind is they try to hit the ball harder. Avoid that. Instead,
use more club and swing less! About eighty-percent of normal is a good option.
Playing into a tailwind may seem like a dream shot on a windy day, but don't forget you can overshoot your
Generally, you want to use less club and take into account the added distance the ball will get from its ride on
the wind. Play the ball forward in your stance, and go ahead and hit it high.
Another good tip for playing a windy course is to choke down on the shaft of your club. Playing in the wind
often requires you to use a club with less loft, which keeps the ball lower and out of the wind. Choking down on
the shaft helps you to control the shot and the ball.
One last tip for windy day play has to do with being tricked, or more precisely, avoiding being tricked.
Golf courses that have tree-lined fairways can be notoriously tricky when it comes to determining the direction
of the wind. On the ground, where you are standing, the wind may be blowing in one direction, but if you look up at
the tree tops you may see the wind blowing in another direction.
The flight path of your ball will be determined by the wind that is at the height of the ball when in flight. If
you are hitting a high shot, for some reason, adjust your shot to match the wind that is at tree top level and not
what you find at ground level. This often takes guts, but it pays off.
Learning to play well in high winds can give you a tremendous advantage. But many golfers fear the wind, mostly,
I believe, because they do not know how to play in it. This newsletter details some terrific tips on how to play on
a windy days.