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Thoughts about playing in wind


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#31 Viktoryred3

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 09:16 AM

My home course is right on the shore of Lake Erie. The wind can get pretty crazy, but I love the challenge of hitting different types of shots. Just adds another degree of difficulty to this great game.


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Posted 08 January 2019 - 02:04 PM

View Postjvincent, on 07 January 2019 - 04:45 PM, said:

Do either of you use rain gloves? No chance of a club slipping using them.

Yes, I own a pair. They help, but I still don't feel 100% comfortable.
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 02:39 PM

Playing in the wind is something I detailed along with Andrew Rice in 2018 Pro Golf Synopsis.  

There's a lot of interesting findings, particularly how golfers tend to subconsciously adjust in the wind.





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Posted 08 January 2019 - 03:14 PM

its not nearly as hard (and therefore more fun to play) in the wind with the modern ball compared to the balata.  20+ years ago you had to really get creative and worry about spin far more.  Now you can just flight a ball down and it penetrates pretty well to your target roughly.  The same shot with balata may balloon like crazy and float OB.
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Posted 08 January 2019 - 03:21 PM

Wind is a factor in any game played out doors.  Golf is played out doors. Deal with it.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:14 AM

I feel like people should read my original post again. When you can’t keep your balance at address, are you still able to embrace the challenge of hitting shots and playing the right clubs?  

Or does it never happen to you?  Is it because I’m kinda tall and lanky?

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 01:44 AM

It's happened to me a couple of times at Bandon.  Once in a sideways rain and once without.

The round with the rain is just a survival thing.  Not particularly pleasant, but having good gear made it tolerable.

When it's just the wind, it made for a unique experience (most similar to one time playing nearly blind drunk back in college, but that's another story).

I found it really funny to have to think about something so fundamental as not getting blown over in my back swing.  Another thing was keeping my club on the swing path, especially the driver.  It meant shortening my swing quite a bit and playing everything way down.  You could almost leave all the clubs in the bag except your 4 iron.  In fact, I may try that next time.  But I ended up approaching it like I was doing Faldo's 9-to-3 drill, with a bit more intensity.
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Posted 10 January 2019 - 06:36 AM

View Postlchang, on 10 January 2019 - 01:14 AM, said:

I feel like people should read my original post again. When you canít keep your balance at address, are you still able to embrace the challenge of hitting shots and playing the right clubs?  

Or does it never happen to you?  Is it because Iím kinda tall and lanky?
Happens to everyone. I'd bet the amount it happens to one person is proportional to surface area and indirectly so to center of gravity. So bigger people have more force exerted on them, but should be heavier if not lower.
Those shorter and more rotund might be more stable but lack the weight to lessen it as much as you'd think.
When it's breezy swing easy has worked for me. Club up and just make good slower contact, fly lower. Maybe the longer club helps too?

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