One of the most challenging elements to play in is the wind. The wind is often used to protect some holes on the golf course and make them more difficult to play. Into the wind, the ball powers to the target line with no deviation but once it reaches the top of its flight and looses its power the wind seems to move the ball a good 50 yards to the left/right depending on how strong it is.
Vietnam – with a long coastline of 3260 km, there’re many golf courses that wind is one of the most elements on the courses such as: Montgomerie Links, The Bluffs Ho Tram, Doson Seaside Golf Resort, Sealinks Golf and Country Club, FLC Samson Beach and Golf Resort…
Here are some tips to help you with your game when the wind is blowing hard.
First of all, check the direction of the wind, use your surroundings instead of tearing grass from the ground to find out which direction the wind is blowing. Watch the waves in the water, the smallest tree of bush, they will wave the most. Due to the difference of topography of each hole, the wind blow in different directions, so establish wind direction once every hour and you’re fine. One more tip: ask your caddies who are familiar to the wind on their golf courses, you can get some useful advice from them.
Then, you have to make adjustments to make the wind become your support instead of trying to hit a shot as hard as possible. One of the most popular problems with amateur’s golf swings is the tendency to want to swing very hard into the wind, it happens time and time again with beginners.
To have a good shot, you have to minimize the effects of the wind on the ball. Tee the ball low: when hitting the bottom of the clubface, increasing the spin, and in turn allowing the wind to take hold of your ball. Keep your weight 50/50: this produces a lower launch but increases spin. Swing easy: you don’t practice this shot enough and it closely resembles a non-committed swing.
Hit a knockdown shot into the wind. A “knockdown shot” is a type of golf shot in which the golfer induces a lower trajectory for the flight of the golf ball. A knockdown shot can keep your ball lower when hitting into a strong wind or crosswind.
Keep your head down and spread your legs a bit more, it will give you more stability and assist in maintaining your balance.
Playing a shot into the wind, demands taking ‘more club’ (one with less loft), while playing with the wind, requires you must hit less club (more loft).
Use a “chip shot” which is a shot played from close to the green, usually within a few yards of the putting surface, that results in the ball popping into the air, then hitting the ground and rolling forward.
It’s fair to say that most golfers don’t particularly like playing golf in the wind. But if you’ve been practicing skills in windy days for a long time, you’ll have a big advantage over your competitors.