Dealing with the wind when golfing depends to a large extent upon which direction the wind is blowing. To put it musically: the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. The question is which golf club to use and how to swing it when you’ve chosen the correct golf club.
Always Take Advantage of a Windy Day
The best tip that anyone can get for improving your golf game in the wind is to practice in the wind. You will only know for sure how to deal with wind when you have faced the particular situation giving you trouble over and over. Of course, you could always opt for playing Wii golf and utilizing the wind setting component, but you can’t win money out on the real fairways and greens by knowing how to play the Wii. Why would knowing how to play golf in the wind matter? Are you ever planning on going to Hawaii and playing one of those amazing golf courses? What about golf up on a mountain. Just be prepared in case the unfortunate happens and a strong wind is blowing while you are at play.
Have Plenty of Balls
Practicing the art of playing golf in the wind means taking to the course equipped with a handful or two of balls. You want to practice golfing into the wind, with the wind and across the wind using a variety of clubs. Find the right club for the right wind situation before it becomes a talent that can win you a friendly bet.
When the Wind’s at Your Back
Some individual tips for playing golf in the wind in specific situations. Firstly, let’s say you’ve got the wind at your back. When you get to the tee, you automatically reach for the driver because a 3-wood is great for accuracy, but not so great for distance. You want to take advantage of the distance that you get bumped courtesy of the wind, right? Well, guess what, the driver should be slid back into your golf bag and you should drive off the tee with your 3-wood. Why? The 3-wood is going to get your ball up higher than your driver and that means taking advantage of the aerodynamics involved in loft. A loftily hit ball will ride the strong prevailing winds farther and with more accuracy on the heels of a 3-wood. The wood also provides less sidespin than the driver and this will increase the accuracy.
Golfing into a Headwind
Here’s a scenario that you’ve doubtlessly faced before when playing golf into a headwind. You pick a club and hit a perfect shot only to watch as the ball doesn’t go nearly as far as thought it would. Okay, you say to yourself, lesson learned: hit the ball harder next time, but use the same club. Actually, that’s not the way you want to go. Pick a bigger club, but swing more softly. The result of this golf trick is the better infiltration into the headwind by the ball and a lie that is closer to the green than you’ll ever get with that smaller club you were going to swing harder.
Dealing with a Crosswind
Playing golf in a crosswind gives you quite a bit of leeway, but it depends entirely on your skill. The pros know that they can take advantage of a crosswind with their ability to control spin and distance that allows the ball to take a ride on the wind like Dorothy took a ride on that famous tornado. If you’ve got mad golfing skills, then go for it. If you aren’t quite ready to join the PGA tour anytime soon, there is a much more effective strategy for playing golf in a crosswind. Shift the position of your body so that you are focusing your shot on either the right or the left of your target depending on which direction the crosswind is coming from. This allows you to hit the ball straight without trying to manipulate spin so that you can control where the ball winds up. Just shift and swing and hope for the best.