Except in sports in which the existence of strong wind is necessary, for the rest of outdoor activities a strong wind is a bad friend and playing golf with wind makes it even more complicated, forcing us to use more imagination and think each hit much more calmly.
A few days ago I suffered from strong wind playing a golf tournament and since I am not a professional or have a low handicap… my card was not as good as it usually is. But one of my playmates withdrew from the tournament after chaining several double-digit holes (10 or more strokes), so I want to remember how to play golf in the wind.
1.- Play golf with a favorable wind
When playing with a downwind, golf balls stay in the air for longer, resulting in more distance being got, which sounds good a priori. It is advisable to give it stronger, yes stronger. The reason is that by doing so we encourage the ball to take higher and more backspin.
Once ready for an approach, use one less club than you would take if you weren’t upwind as this way the ball will come out higher and stop faster on the green.
2.- Playing golf with a headwind
To play with the wind against the wind, the most successful thing is to play keeping the ball as close to the ground as possible, for this, play by placing the ball towards the right shoe and think which club you would choose on a day without a headwind and add one more to choose the club suitable. You should play lowering the left shoulder a little and raising the right to hit, and with the weight more loaded on the left leg, to make a not very high finish.
3.- Playing crosswind golf
Playing with the crosswind is the worst scenario of the three, for those with high handicaps, since if we suffer slice or hook problems, they will multiply. Therefore, the smartest thing to do is to aim based on the trend of the wind and its strength, and try to finish the game with as few double digits as possible.
For players with a low handicap, the existence of a crosswind should not be a serious problem (but an added difficulty) since their hitting is consistent, which makes the impact of the crosswind less than a handicap player. High and even medium.
If the wind is from left to right you have to hit with the most loaded weight on the heels and when the crosswind is from right to left, load it towards the tip of the foot. When making an approach, observe the position of the flag and if you are to miss… do it to the opposite side to where the wind blows.
If we find ourselves in a strong wind, assume that you must understand it and that you have to take advantage of it as much as possible and avoid making too risky blows and you will go home with a dozen more blows on your card in compared to a day without strong wind.
As a general rule, place your feet further apart than usual to have a better balance, pay special attention to making a smooth swing (it will generate a better and more compact stroke on which the wind will have less action when compared to a stroke with less control). Above all, make sure you are aiming the clubface correctly and grip the putter by striking decisively towards the hole, especially with the wind against you (but do not obsess about it)
It is obvious, but always be very clear which way the wind is blowing and do not be in a hurry to hit, it will be a long day and your physical form will be much more relevant in your game compared to a day without strong wind.