How to Play Golf on a Windy Day

By Steve Silverman

Playing golf in the sunshine on a calm day is difficult enough. Golf courses are built with water hazards, bunkers, tall trees and out-of-bounds markers to challenge the golfer on an every-round basis. However, when you have to play when the wind is blowing, it presents even more challenges that can send even the best golfers to their knees.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Calm down and take a realistic approach. You are venturing out on to the golf course on a day when the wind is blowing 20 miles per hour or more. Play it one shot at a time and don't try to defeat the wind.
Step 2
Play a low shot when playing into the wind. You may be big and strong but you are not going to bust a 330-yard tee shot through the wind by hitting a high ball. Play the ball midway between your front and back foot, and hit it low and hard.
Step 3
Don't try to slice the ball because the wind is blowing right to left. If you want to play the wind, change your aim or play a fade. Never try to slice the ball because that will become a flaw in your swing that you will find difficult to overcome.
Step 4
Hit a high shot when you have the wind at your back. This is especially true when you have a long tee shot on a hole that is relatively straight. Since the wind in this case is a helping one, tee the ball up a ball length closer to your front foot and hit a high shot. Don't try to kill it--just hit your normal shot and get a bit of a bonus with the distance.
Step 5
Always use a longer club than you think you need when you are hitting into the wind. For example, if you are 150 yards away from the hole, you may regularly use a 6-iron to get it on the green. When playing into the wind, take a 4- or a 5-iron and take your normal swing to get it through the wind.

Tips & Warnings

Relax and take a normal swing. Don't try to hit it too hard because you are hitting into the wind. That will almost certainly lead to a miss-hit.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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