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Anybody Else Like Playing in the Wind?


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#61 Hubijerk

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 08:52 PM

I enjoy it simply because everyone else hates it so much.  I practice in it a lot, my home course has pretty much constant wind.  I've been really working on trying to work with it as opposed to fighting it.  If you embrace it, it will make you a better striker.

Same thing with rain and cold and any other bad conditions, I've decided to have a positive outlook on it because everybody else hates it so much.  I find I don't drop off as much as everybody else and I have actually started to really enjoy it.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 04:06 PM

View PostSMcGavin1, on 18 December 2017 - 05:59 PM, said:

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.

I live in Northern NV and the wind pretty much is always around that 10-20 mark. so anything higher than that i consider windy. it is also at almost zero humidity so it is like playing golf in an oven. when the wind dies down below 10 mph it becomes a weird situation to play in. i have gone out and played in 30 plus mph wind with 50 mph gusts. that was not fun at all. it was also very costly and i lost a lot of golf balls.
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Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:26 PM

Love it ? Accept it a better term. Living in S Texas , on the coast , you either play in the wind or you don't play. Ave daily winds here are around  14.  20 - 30 are not uncommon.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 11:14 PM

Isn't it funny how almost all of us (myself included) live in just about the windiest place in the country!?
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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:31 AM

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 03 January 2018 - 11:14 PM, said:

Isn't it funny how almost all of us (myself included) live in just about the windiest place in the country!?

I think the wind blows every where, but there are a few areas that tend to be consistantly windy. coastal areas, Texas etc.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 06:29 PM

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 03 January 2018 - 11:14 PM, said:

Isn't it funny how almost all of us (myself included) live in just about the windiest place in the country!?

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 06:39 PM

View PostHigh Plains Driver, on 04 January 2018 - 06:29 PM, said:

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 03 January 2018 - 11:14 PM, said:

Isn't it funny how almost all of us (myself included) live in just about the windiest place in the country!?

http://keyj.com/abil...ies-in-america/

It’s funny, there are so many different lists:

Boston, Massachusetts 12.3 19.8
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 12.2 19.6
Buffalo, New York 11.8 19.0
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 11.5 18.5
Dallas, Texas 10.7 17.2
Kansas City, Missouri 10.6 17.1
San Francisco, California 10.6 17.1
Cleveland, Ohio 10.5 16.9
Minneapolis, Minnesota 10.5 16.9
Virginia Beach, Virginia 10.5 16.9
Providence, Rhode Island 10.4 16.7
Chicago, Illinois 10.3 16.6
Detroit, Michigan 10.2 16.4


And now for the least surprising study you'll ever see. Casper and Cheyenne are two of the windiest places in America. According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the average annual wind speed of Wyoming's two biggest cities rank them both among the 10 windiest cities in the contiguous 48 states.
With an average annual wind speed of 12.9 miles per hour, Cheyenne is the fifth windiest city in the nation. Casper finished in seventh place with an average annual wind speed of 12.7 miles per hour.

I’ve always been shocked to see any list that doesn’t include Cheyenne, Wy.  Ask Conrad on here, who drive truck through that area. It’s nasty. They had a day late last year where almost 10 semis were blown over on one afternoon.
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Posted 05 January 2018 - 05:56 PM

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 03:31 PM

Absolutely. Something about a stiff wind and a bit of a chill seems to relax me, and I am better at estimating the impact of the wind on my club selection and direction than I would expect as a high-ball hitter. I'd go so far as to say that my stroke average might even be slightly better on days where the elements are a major factor, although I probably haven't had many of my best all-time scores on those days. The exceptions are the rare occasions where the wind seems to be always coming dead-straight at me off the tee, as this can get frustrating quickly.
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Posted 08 January 2018 - 11:44 PM

I'm at the coast, so wind is normal. We scratch our heads when we have calm. But as far as playing in the wind:

- I hate hitting a flush iron into a wind that climbs the ladder and comes up 15 yds short when you already added 2 clubs...whaaa?
- I love hitting a nice smooth driver with that square face that doesn't produce a lot of spin and seems defy the headwind and just goes
- I hate hitting into a strong wind coming in and left to right..it wakes up the deeply buried slicer in me
- I love bombing any shot 2 clubs farther downwind than you would normally hit..you get to strut after you ball
- I hate having to try to include wind into reading putts..it messes with your mind
- I love hitting a perfect punch shot with that line drive trajectory on demand

Wind is a love/hate relationship

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 07:49 AM

View Postthug the bunny, on 08 January 2018 - 11:44 PM, said:

I'm at the coast, so wind is normal. We scratch our heads when we have calm. But as far as playing in the wind:

- I hate hitting a flush iron into a wind that climbs the ladder and comes up 15 yds short when you already added 2 clubs...whaaa?
- I love hitting a nice smooth driver with that square face that doesn't produce a lot of spin and seems defy the headwind and just goes
- I hate hitting into a strong wind coming in and left to right..it wakes up the deeply buried slicer in me
- I love bombing any shot 2 clubs farther downwind than you would normally hit..you get to strut after you ball
- I hate having to try to include wind into reading putts..it messes with your mind
- I love hitting a perfect punch shot with that line drive trajectory on demand

Wind is a love/hate relationship

I play so seldom in really strong wind I just gave up on trying to “read” the wind effect on putts. It’s going to double-cross me no matter what I think I’m trying to do so I just ignore it and take my medicine.
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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:56 AM

My home club in based in a peninsula on the South Down coast of Northern Ireland and a "non" windy day usually comes with the blue moon :derisive:
Links golf in general IMO is an extra talent most golfers can adapt or pick up with the right choices.
A lot of the Elite amateur golf played in Ireland is over links courses.
IMO I always pray for wind of an adaptable severity as I believe and scoring would agree, most players struggle. Although my handicap would suggest I'm a good golfer (+2) the "Irish Elite Panel" are a different class. Though the likes of the Irish Amateur which last year and this May is played at Royal County down (world no1 course) a good wind levels field and perks the likes of myself up a little.
Granted even if you play in the wind most days you can still struggle.
I find most Parkland or courses which the wind wouldn't get above 15mph, players from these courses still try to hit the same yardage, flight, shot making as they would at their home courses. When I play these courses I love you have to adapt to a higher, softer ball flight.
Links golf, or as per the thread, wind golf is an extra art form we can all learn by using more imagination and swinging a little smoother with less loft.
On the blue moon days, as per our Captains day last year.
The day before we had a small storm, winds of 40mph+. The comp was won with 43 points and the gross with a 66 -4.
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A lot of players in all clubs bashed by the wind daily, learn to play with it. some holes play down wind, some against, sideways etc, then if the wind switches direction we are at a loss.
At my home club of Ardglass, we generally enjoy the wind to be blowing from the SW direction to make the longer holes shorter, and the shorter holes longer.
Take that wind away, those that aim left for the wind to take it back find the ball stays left and in trouble. the others that aim right and it stays there also meet the same fate.

Wind golf is a true test especially on links golf and I love it.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 01:57 PM

I do enjoy playing in the wind as long as its warm. Wind and cold? Nope, not so much.
There is a certain pleasure in getting creative with shots.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:55 PM

I say I hate it , so  guilty by association Iím not a big fan of Links courses .

But anytime I play in stiff breeze I seem to play well . Feel Iím more aggressive and commit more to my shots to combat the wind . Off the tee can  be a bit of a lottery though .

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 06:40 PM

View PostGMC1981, on 11 January 2018 - 04:55 PM, said:

I say I hate it , so  guilty by association I'm not a big fan of Links courses .

But anytime I play in stiff breeze I seem to play well . Feel I'm more aggressive and commit more to my shots to combat the wind . Off the tee can  be a bit of a lottery though .

Yes, well stated. Playing with wind you definitely have to commit. The most difficult is committing to swinging smooth and easy with square face angle into a hard wind.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:36 PM

My ball flight is high so....I rather play in pouring rain before I play in the wind.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 02:49 PM

I hate the wind.  I hit the ball high with a lot of spin.  I made some big improvements last year getting the flight down though but I hate hitting into the wind, seeing my ball climb, and climb and climb and then appear to be coming back at me.  Seems like my 7 iron goes the same distance as my four into the wind.  

All that being said, I enjoy playing in crazy wind (40 mph plus) when the flags are bent right over.  Then it's just a joke and fun to deal with.  Having balls blow off tees and across the tee block etc.  Makes me laugh for some reason.  I guess all expectations are out the window.  

Has anyone noticed that in some areas the wind can have a greater effect for a give speed?  I played in PEI last summer and I have never seen a ball move so much.  It was blowing about 50kph  (31mph) and I've played in windier but it was crazy how much the ball moved.  Maybe moisture in the air, who knows.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 07:25 PM

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 04 January 2018 - 06:39 PM, said:

View PostHigh Plains Driver, on 04 January 2018 - 06:29 PM, said:

View Postdeadsolid...shank, on 03 January 2018 - 11:14 PM, said:

Isn't it funny how almost all of us (myself included) live in just about the windiest place in the country!?

http://keyj.com/abil...ies-in-america/

It’s funny, there are so many different lists:

Boston, Massachusetts 12.3 19.8
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 12.2 19.6
Buffalo, New York 11.8 19.0
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 11.5 18.5
Dallas, Texas 10.7 17.2
Kansas City, Missouri 10.6 17.1
San Francisco, California 10.6 17.1
Cleveland, Ohio 10.5 16.9
Minneapolis, Minnesota 10.5 16.9
Virginia Beach, Virginia 10.5 16.9
Providence, Rhode Island 10.4 16.7
Chicago, Illinois 10.3 16.6
Detroit, Michigan 10.2 16.4


And now for the least surprising study you'll ever see. Casper and Cheyenne are two of the windiest places in America. According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the average annual wind speed of Wyoming's two biggest cities rank them both among the 10 windiest cities in the contiguous 48 states.
With an average annual wind speed of 12.9 miles per hour, Cheyenne is the fifth windiest city in the nation. Casper finished in seventh place with an average annual wind speed of 12.7 miles per hour.

I’ve always been shocked to see any list that doesn’t include Cheyenne, Wy.  Ask Conrad on here, who drive truck through that area. It’s nasty. They had a day late last year where almost 10 semis were blown over on one afternoon.

Buffalo.  We are situated at the Northeastern end of Lake Erie, so when the wind blows from the Southwest (the prevailing wind), it has time to build and seems to amplify.  When a cold front comes through, we get a very windy day before the front.

As a steady diet, I don't particularly like a windy day.  But on an occasion, it can be a good time.  I used to windsurf back on those days, but no more.
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:04 PM

For a casual round I really don't like anything over 15mph but I will play in anything as long as the sun rises :-)

For tournament play, I love to see it.  Since so many guys get frustrated when good shots are turned into bad plays, I try to make it into my advantage.  When I was decent it gave me a chance against better players.  I had a couple of top three finishes in club championships and both years each round was in tough conditions.
Wind for some is like heat for me.  The frustration grows pretty quick if the heat index gets up above the 100-105 mark for me.  Putting on slick greens with the nearest shade 50yds away and the heat factor at 107 is torture for me.
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:19 PM

I live in Kansas, I learned to play golf in Kansas.  If the wind isn't blowing it's kind of weird.  

I draw the line at a 5 club wind.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:54 PM

I live in Texas and I love wind I don't hit the ball very high so I feel like windy is an advantage to me when playing with others.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:34 PM

Love playing in wind. Can't get fast enough for me in a tournament.
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:49 PM

Someone somewhere said the Scots have a saying: "Nae wind, nae golf"
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Posted 30 January 2018 - 10:10 PM

Wind is good when:  it's hot as s*** outside and makes it just physically more comfortable, or it gives you a competitive advantage.

It gives you an advantage if you are a strong or long hitter that can hit a variety of shots, thereby letting you use trajectory and raw ball speed to your advantage, or when you're actually smart enough to realize that that "2-club" wind is really a "3-club" wind, and smart enough to realize that that "4-club" wind isn't a 4-club wind, but rather a wind that makes you hit a different shot that turns it back into a "2.5-club" wind.

What I hate about the wind is when it blows you around in your swing, when the gusts are so strong (and varied in direction) that you have no idea if the gust up above is 20mph or 30mph, since that can leave make a 15 yard difference on your approach shot, and now, with greens so fast, that downwind putts (esp. if downhill) and midrange crosswind putts are damn near impossible.  Having to play the wind on a putt is just ridiculous.  Golf was not intended to be played with greens that stimp 11-14 in those conditions.

My dad was a +2 that grew up in West Texas and he's always loved playing in the wind, because he was used to it, and it gave him an advantage. I'm nowhere near as good, but I'm as strong and as long, so I'll embrace it for those reasons.  It's still more pure fun to go pin-hunting on a calm day though.  My best part of my game is wedges.  15-30mph winds wreck the pin-hunting part of the game.  I may have an advantage, but the birdies usually start to disappear, which makes it less fun.

A lot of it can do with the layout of the course and direction of the wind too.   Strong SE winds in Houston at my home course just make 3/4ths of the holes hard, either due to cross or headwinds.  Flip it in winter for strong NW winds and 2/3rds of the holes are still hard, because the crosswind is just diagonal but different on a large number of holes.  Few holes really seem to score the advantage on windy days here.  I'm sure some courses are the opposite.

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 12:00 AM

I love the wind,even Gail forces as a huge element of challenge when it's on the warmer side.


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Posted 03 February 2018 - 08:13 PM

My home course is on the Gulf coast, and is always windy.  You have to play a big variety of shots.  It definitley gives me an advantage when playing with guys that are not used to the wind.  
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Posted 04 February 2018 - 05:07 AM

I've lived in the Midwest from Rochester, MN to Abilene, TX and even worked out in Florida and the Dakotas as a young man.  But nothing compares for me to playing golf in West Australia and the South Island of NZ.  The mean wind speed for all of last year was 20mph and they rank in the world top 3.  A few months you pray that they're only gusts so the whistling in your ears stop for a second!
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Posted 04 February 2018 - 10:01 AM

Living in Pittsburgh, we don’t get crazy wind very often. Last weekend I was down in Boca Raton, Florida for a golf weekend with a buddy. The winds were high, even for down there. When we played on Friday it was a constant 25-30 mph wind, with gusts higher than that. I wasn’t use to it, but learned to embrace it as I went. We estimated that hitting into the wind was roughly 35 yards longer than the number. It was tough with the gusts to convince yourself to hit 3 extra clubs into a Par 3 lol I’d say the toughest part was not into the wind, but the crosswind. Hitting a draw with a right to left wind just took it so far left. Even if you started it 20 yards right of the fairway, the 30 mph winds were taking it to the left rough. Also when the gusts would hit you in the backswing, it could mess with your balance a bit or make the ball wobble on the tee. That was interesting lol overall it was an interesting challenge.

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Posted 04 February 2018 - 12:10 PM

I enjoy the challenge of a 1 club to maybe club and a half wind. It is real easy to judge how solid you are striking the ball in those conditions, plus having the opportunity to play different shots. A North wind of any velocity that pulls the wind chill down into the 30's or low 40's is something I don't care for.
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Posted 04 February 2018 - 04:33 PM

I like nasty weather in tournaments because I'm a sadist hahaha.

I play the same. Windy, rainy, sunny, dry. It doesnt matter to me.

But most everyone else in the tournament? I drink it up when I see them complaining about wind or trying to dry off a golf glove. It fuels me I love it hahah.

I hit a high ball so the wind can hurt me a bit off the tee, but I also carry a 15 degree driving hybrid that rolls forever so I can make shots work.


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