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Advanced Golf Tips To Help You Handle The Wind
Playing in the wind can be frustrating work, but many of the best courses are known for their windy conditions. Don’t miss out on these great courses just because you don’t have the time to learn how to play in windy conditions. It may not be as hard as you think, and as with all things golf related; the more you practice, the quicker you will perfect it.
Play in the wind—that’s how you learn
You may not want to hear this, but the best way to learn how to play in the wind, is to practice in the wind. Playing in the wind all the time will automatically teach you how to gauge wind direction and speed and how you should adjust your swing accordingly.
When playing the wind, the most important thing to remember is to play as low as possible. Whenever you can, attempt to roll your ball instead of lifting it up into the air. However, this is not always possible, so these following two scenarios will explain how to counter windy conditions.
Wind from the rear
If your back is to the wind, make sure you know from which direction it is coming. If it is directly behind you, notice how strong it is and be sure to soften your swing accordingly. In this way, the wind can sometimes work in your favour—especially in a drive scenario. But again, if there is a slight variation in the wind’s direction, you may find the ball getting the distance you want, but in completely the wrong direction.
That’s when you need to have a strategy for side winds. This takes lots of concentration, so take your time with these shots. First of all, although you don’t have the luxury of playing as low as you’d like. try to play as low as you can. Second, aim slightly against the wind—depending on how strong the wind is. If you are playing in gusty wind, wait until the gust has passed and then make your shot.
Remember that if the wind is so strong that it rocks or moves your ball from its place, it’s time to be honest with yourself and your opponents and postpone the game until another time. But if you have the guts to give a windy course a go, then don’t hesitate to do so.