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Anybody Else Like Playing in the Wind?


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#1 BeerPerHole

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:04 AM

Had a fun round with my son early yesterday. We went out and played a track that's fairly tight. The course was firm, very fast greens. It was clear, about 50 degrees when we tee'd off with a northerly wind of 15, maybe 20 knots (based on my estimate). I actually enjoy playing in a wind like that. It adds a level of analysis one must do for each shot. I'm no expert at it yet (nor do I have the game to really flourish in it) but was able to teach my son a little about it. Based on my past observations (and I was reminded yesterday) a cross wind can really knock a ball down, requiring more club on an approach shot. Opinions on that?

Oh, and due to the weather, we pretty much had the course to ourselves. I did see a grandpa in a cart with his grandson going down a nearby fairway - "Now, if the hole is a par 4 and we do it in 3 what is that called?" Cool stuff seeing kids getting exposed to the game. We both really enjoyed the round out there.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:08 AM

I love playing in a 15-20mph wind much moreso than on a calm day.

Where my enjoyment ends is when the gusts start hitting 25-30mph and it rocks me around during my swing. I always say I like just enough wind to move the ball around when its in the air but not enough to move me around in the middle of my backswing!
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:12 AM

Me. A buddy and I played a links course on the shore of Lake Erie in the fall last year in 20-25mph winds. It was kind of cold and we had on the cart cover, and when driving the crosswind you could feel the cart wanting to tip. This weather really brings out the need for a variety of shots, but it was the most fun I'd had in a while (I know... strange). Same with the course. Only saw 2 other groups. It was however, the last week before the course closed for the year.

Played a par 4 into the wind and hit a good drive, and 3 wood and was 5 yards short.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 11:15 AM

When I'm playing well, yes.
Right now, my swing if and my backs sore, so not too into over 15mph winds...
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 12:24 PM

Some of the best and some of the worst rounds I have played were in the wind.

Overall I would have to say:

1. No, I don't like playing in stronger winds.
2. I really admire those who have consistent wind game.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 12:33 PM

Loooove wind. I love to throw the ball way tf up in the air and let the wind do the rest.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 12:41 PM

Depends.

Last year, it was a round in May, I made 6 birdies in 18 holes with wind blowing about 20 MPH for 15 of the 18 holes.
I didn't mind the wind that day.

However, when my playing partner Wayne has Mexican the night before our Sunday round, I don't like the wind.
His gas is dramatic.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 12:42 PM

learned to play different shot and be patient while @ Bandon, although wind can suck the energy outta me.  It was fun and annoying.  I was taught to play one to two clubs more and move the ball  back in my stance. That in it self was  a monumental task that took  lots of practice ( hosel time). One of my favorites par 3 12th @ 150, on the tee with a 4 iron....
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 12:47 PM

Real golfer will embrace the elements in the game of golf !

And I'll be gladly to exchange our rain soaked muddy condition with a windy and dry day, anytime.

Edited by wkuo3, 05 February 2018 - 12:00 PM.


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Posted 18 December 2017 - 12:54 PM

I am the absolute worst mental case in the wind you'll ever find. Clear day less than 5mph wind? Normal swing.

Slight wind in my face? "I need to play this ball about 2 feet back in my stance from normal, squat down about 5 inches lower, and kick a knee in maybe...? Yeah, that seems right...Better come into the ball super steep and play a 40* closed stance, trap draw too..."

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 01:31 PM

View PostFerguson, on 18 December 2017 - 12:41 PM, said:

Depends.

Last year, it was a round in May, I made 6 birdies in 18 holes with wind blowing about 20 MPH for 15 of the 18 holes.
I didn't mind the wind that day.

However, when my playing partner Wayne has Mexican the night before our Sunday round, I don't like the wind.
His gas is dramatic.
Sounds like some of the guys I fish with...
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 01:33 PM

View Postgripandrip, on 18 December 2017 - 11:12 AM, said:

Me. A buddy and I played a links course on the shore of Lake Erie in the fall last year in 20-25mph winds. It was kind of cold and we had on the cart cover, and when driving the crosswind you could feel the cart wanting to tip. This weather really brings out the need for a variety of shots, but it was the most fun I'd had in a while (I know... strange). Same with the course. Only saw 2 other groups. It was however, the last week before the course closed for the year.

Played a par 4 into the wind and hit a good drive, and 3 wood and was 5 yards short.
Yesterday I was explaining what the cart cover was to my son yesterday as we were getting chilled by the crosswind. Someday I want my own cart with flames painted on it...and a rain cover...

Edited by BeerPerHole, 18 December 2017 - 01:39 PM.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 01:49 PM

Do bears sh!te in the woods?

I love the wind, and sadly was winded out of a round at Muirfield in Scotland

That being said, as I am older, I cannot stand a cold northern wind with sleet etc.  But high winds and temps above 55 .. yes please
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 01:55 PM

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 02:06 PM

Love it. I love the challenge of flighting the ball. How to hit into crosswinds.


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Posted 18 December 2017 - 02:11 PM

I truly think the wind helps me slow down and "think through" my shots - not from a protection mindset but from a preparation mindset.  I take a little more time to remind myself about maintaining good rhythm & making a solid strike.

I would render a guess that those who have trouble in the wind are trying to protect from hitting a bad shot and that throws everything off.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 02:42 PM

View PostFerguson, on 18 December 2017 - 02:11 PM, said:

I truly think the wind helps me slow down and "think through" my shots - not from a protection mindset but from a preparation mindset.  I take a little more time to remind myself about maintaining good rhythm & making a solid strike.

I would render a guess that those who have trouble in the wind are trying to protect from hitting a bad shot and that throws everything off.

I agree with this.  I have some trouble with focus and the wind really dials me in to every shot.  Also on the mental side, the expectations for every shot drop significantly so the self-pressure is gone as well.  I play safe, smart golf, I really focus on every shot, and I lower my expectations so its all in all just a better day.

That said, if I play in too much wind I start forgetting how to play without it.  Had a few months of constant wind last spring and had a few astronomical scores coming into the summer because I forgot how my swing should feel.
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 02:46 PM

On a hot, humid day I welcome the wind.
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 02:56 PM

Grew up playing in the SW part of Michigan, where you got what you hit off the tee without any roll...pretty much the same thing on approaches to greens.

Moved to South Texas, where I had to learn how to hit a pitching wedge "knee high to a grasshopper". Actually made me a much better player.

We had a par 4 (#8 at the original 18 holes of Hearthstone CC in NW Houston) that you could drive with a 3 wood in the summer (prevalent SE winds at your back) and in the winter, you could hit a driver 3-wood and be short (NW winds directly in your face).

I think becoming an understanding and accomplished wind player can make an 8 shot difference in a round easily. Combine that with learning how to play in the rain/sleet while the winds blows, and you can pick up 10-12 shots on the field.

Over 20 years ago, there was an event at Firestone CC - a long par 70 course at the time - where it was cold and windy, and I believe that Tom Watson shot something like a 67, and the closest score to his was 73 or something like that. Really impressed me, and helps explain why he was such an excellent links player.

Hardest thing, in my mind anyways, when playing in strong winds is putting. It's one thing to leave your ball somewhere on the green to be able to be aggressive with your putting...it's another thing entirely to do when the wind is blowing, as you really never want "downwind" putts...or cross wind putts.
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 03:59 PM

View Postlumberman2462, on 18 December 2017 - 01:55 PM, said:

No.

Ok, so I have to tell you - there is some gray in your response here.

So you don't like the wind, right?

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 04:19 PM

View PostMedic, on 18 December 2017 - 03:59 PM, said:

View Postlumberman2462, on 18 December 2017 - 01:55 PM, said:

No.

Ok, so I have to tell you - there is some gray in your response here.

So you don't like the wind, right?

: )

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 04:32 PM

It's not the effect on the game that bothers me but the general annoyance of the wind in general. Where I play you have to deal with wind all the time, so I don't mind it but would prefer windless days.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 04:38 PM

I like playing in the wind. For primarily three reasons -

1) you really know when you hit a good shot.
2) you know when you hit a bad shot.
3) a downwind or into the wind shot that is good is brag-worthy.

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 05:48 PM

I play at Presidents GC just outside of Boston.  I sits 90' above sea level and is right on the Neponset River outlet into Boston Harbor.  When that wind comes in off the water it's as difficult a wind condition as you'll ever find...and COLD!!  But what fun it is playing in those conditions!

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 05:59 PM

As my fellow Oklahoma WRX'ers will attest, I'm sorry but 15-20 mph isn't "windy". Us country folk round here would call that a nice breeze ;) Played here regularly when it is 25-35 mph, gusts over 40. I really don't mind wind at all, as long as the course is designed properly to play for the wind as many are here. You see many 450 yard par 4's facing north and 315 yarders facing south haha.


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Posted 18 December 2017 - 06:08 PM

I have a pretty straight ballflight and hit it far. So while i don't love the wind, i find in competition it probably is a bit to my advantage.
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 06:18 PM

reminds me of home. South texas coastal golf
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 08:23 PM

At  my age and playing in Florida for 50yrs.......I think not

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Posted 18 December 2017 - 09:43 PM

oh yes ..love it when it blows...experienced links golfer...true links. that's how i learned to shape shots....you have to watch out for the effects on your swing overall though
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Posted 18 December 2017 - 09:46 PM

I get tired of it in the spring here in Iowa as every warm day is windy..but come summer I like it! It's fun to hit some crazy shots!


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