When most amateur golfers are faced with a windy day on the golf course they often swing harder and faster but this is the worst thing you can do if you want to score well on windy days. So I’m going to give you some advice on what you should do on a windy day to shoot low scores.
First of all, I’m sure you’ve seen the golf pro’s throwing up grass to see which way the wind is blowing. Well, that’s the first thing you should do for every long golf shot. Next you should look at the trees around where your ball is going to go to get an idea on what the wind is doing there, because often the wind can be moving in two different directions in close proximity. If there are no trees around where you want the ball to finish look at the flag.
After you have assessed the wind direction and speed then use the following tips depending on the wind direction you’re faced with.
With The Wind
When you’re faced with a golf shot that is down wind then you should focus on getting the ball up as soon as possible. You should also consider using a 3 or 5 wood when driving to make the most benefit of the wind. This is especially true if you don’t hit your driver very high.
Into The Wind
When you’re faced with a golf shot that is into the wind you will need to take one, two or even three clubs more than normal. Then you just need to swing normally. Do not try to swing harder because this will make the ball climb up into the wind.
On very windy days you can experiment with gripping further down on the club than normal, because this will shorten your swing, helping you to hit a lower shot. Also, you can move the ball back in your stance for a lower shot.
Another tip when playing a shot into the wind is to widen your stance. This will give you better balance as you’re swinging, because it’s very easy to get knocked off balance as you’re swinging into the wind.
When you’re faced with a golf shot that has a side wind you have two options. The first is that you can play the shot with your natural ball flight (e.g. either a fade or draw) and either ride or fight the wind. Of if you’re a good golf player you can work the ball to do either of those things.
There’s no rights or wrongs about either riding the wind or fighting it. You have to experiment and find what works best for you most of the time.
To wrap up this post, you must remember that every golfer who plays in the wind struggles. So don’t get down if some shots don’t go as planned. Remember, you’re all in the same boat out there on a windy day. Expect the scores of all the golfers to be higher than normal and let that relieve any pressure, because you can have some fun and try to shoot low – but if not, it’s no big deal. Good luck!