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The wind can really effect putts!!!


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#1 Smilesy

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 11:36 PM

I was doing some putting practice yesterday and had an interesting finding, wind makes a massive difference to break. I was using a putting mirror and a very tight tee gate to make sure I was starting the ball online, the putt was pretty much dead straight 15 footer. When there was no wind if the ball made it through the gate it went in, then when there was a gust of wind from the right (what I’d call a one club wind) the ball would miss by at least 1” left of the hole.

At first I just assumed that my gate had opened up a bit (I did hit the tees a bit), but checked and that wasn’t the case. I made the assumption that I was just not rolling it very well, but in the end I recorded 10 putts to check what was happening. On the video I could see the putts without wind go dead straight, then when I could hear the wind they would break around 3 inches. For me this was slightly shocking that what I’d call a pretty light wind could make that big a difference over 15 feet. The green I was practising on was running pretty quick, probably around 10.5, but even with that I couldn’t believe it.  It will certainly been something I factor in going forward, especially when playing on really quick greens.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:44 PM

Yes it can. Affects speed a lot too.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:52 PM

Watched a big 40mph gust of wind literally push my balls offline when I played in Aruba.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:33 PM

Yes it can.  Sometimes a lot.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:59 PM

View PostZ1ggy16, on 11 January 2018 - 03:52 PM, said:

Watched a big 40mph gust of wind literally push my balls offline when I played in Aruba.

The trades winds are quite something at Tierra Del Sol.  Fun course.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:49 PM

I have stimped the greens at my course quite often, and in doing so have an exact knowledge of how a few particular sections of green roll.

I found it very common to see 6”+ of movement on a 10’ putt rolling at 10 on the stimp in side winds that were 10+ mph.  

I realize these numbers are round and easy and not all that scientific, but the basic deal is, if the wind is blowing, you better factor it into your putts!
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 10:21 PM

I find it interesting that I've been playing seriously in Melbourne, Australia (pretty windy) for over 10 years and never realized how big a difference it makes. I knew on really windy days that I needed to take it into consideration, but I now know that even of days where it isn't that bad it can have a noticeable affect. I don't know if it will help my putting knowing it, but I can think of quite a few occasions where I've missed putts and been left confused by how a ball break or didn't, it may explain a few of those.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:36 AM

View PostZ1ggy16, on 11 January 2018 - 03:52 PM, said:

Watched a big 40mph gust of wind literally push my balls offline when I played in Aruba.

Were you wearing short shorts?




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