Thoughts about playing in wind

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lchanglchang  715WRX Points: 172Handicap: 11Members Posts: 715 Golden Tee
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I like playing in a nice breeze. And I don’t mind playing when it’s windy: shots get more “interesting” and just plain harder. Having to shape shots and to guess a bit: all good. But when you can’t actually keep your balance at address and during your swing—when you can’t actually steady yourself over a putt—it’s no longer fun.



What do you think?
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  • b.heltsb.helts  3143WRX Points: 599Members Posts: 3,143 Titanium Tees
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    If it’s windy enough to blow me around, my ball doesnt stand a chance.



    Time to fly a kite or drink a pitcher.
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  • fairways4lifefairways4life  1556WRX Points: 63Members Posts: 1,556 Platinum Tees
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    I'm actually playing right now in 25-30 mph gusts lol. If nothing else it gives me a convenient excuse for all the wild shots.
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  • lchanglchang  715WRX Points: 172Handicap: 11Members Posts: 715 Golden Tee
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    The wobbling ball on the tee and on the putting green is also unfun. Lunging on the downswing because you feel a gust during your backswing: also unfun!
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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984  5815WRX Points: 1,308Handicap: 3Members Posts: 5,815 Titanium Tees
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    Kinda used to it living where I do, I either play on top of a hill or at a links course so it's more often there than not. Usually enjoying it. The only time I don't is when I am trying to work on something in my swing. It is pretty difficult to do, even on the driving range when the wind is howling, you are never quite sure how it is going.
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    lchang wrote:


    I like playing in a nice breeze. And I don’t mind playing when it’s windy: shots get more “interesting” and just plain harder. Having to shape shots and to guess a bit: all good. But when you can’t actually keep your balance at address and during your swing—when you can’t actually steady yourself over a putt—it’s no longer fun.



    What do you think?




    Once the ball isn't moving on the green, have it it.



    I played the Old Course in winds that started at about 18 MPH and ended up just over 40 MPH. Thankfully it was downwind when it got to 40.
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    Anything over 15mph hurts my game. I'll play but I struggle to keep my mind quiet and maintain tempo.
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff Montreal 29341WRX Points: 2,242Handicap: 0.0Members Posts: 29,341 Titanium Tees
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    I don't enjoy playing in the wind necessarily, but i'm always somewhat happy if it's windy in competitive rounds because i have a mid ball flight and a pretty tight draw. My game typically holds up pretty well in windy conditions. I tend to play like dog crap in the rain though
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  • BlackDiamondPar5BlackDiamondPar5  5714WRX Points: 1,042Members Posts: 5,714 Titanium Tees
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    I'd rather play in a light drizzle on a windless day than a dry windy day. Wind assaults the senses and makes communication difficult.
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff Montreal 29341WRX Points: 2,242Handicap: 0.0Members Posts: 29,341 Titanium Tees
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    I'd rather play in a light drizzle on a windless day than a dry windy day. Wind assaults the senses and makes communication difficult.




    I lose a lot of confidence playing in rain, when my grips and hands are wet....it's like i worry the clubs gonna fly out of my hands or something. I find it gets to my senses worse than wind



    I'm actually probably going to start doing some range sessions with a backup club where i just pour water onto the grip and glove, and hit balls for a while.
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  • llewol007llewol007 4KidsGolfer San Jose, Ca 3541WRX Points: 162Handicap: 4.1ClubWRX Posts: 3,541 ClubWRX
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    For me there is a give and take with a windy round. It can be in your favor and often times it is like facing a wall. Best thing is having to make the adjustments and seeing if you can pull of the shot. I like watching the tournament the pro's play on the plantation course because often times they have that wind to deal with. Of course, like anything else, they still are able to execute the shot they need. There is a point when it becomes frustrating and sure enough, I end up wanting the round to end sooner than later. Those are the times when I know I should have stayed indoors and just watched golf rather than playing.
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    As long as it does not affect the balls that are on the green. Let it blow.
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  • dlygrissedlygrisse Kansas 13824WRX Points: 1,361Handicap: 8-ishMembers Posts: 13,824 Titanium Tees
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    I learned to play in the wind. (If you’ve ever been to Wichita you understand). It can be fun if you are hitting it well. But if you are off it gets frustrating quickly. Wind with firm conditions is a fun challenge, wind in soft conditions is a slog.
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    I play evenings quite a bit and my course gets some wind. I like it eveey soften as it gives me a different course to play. Fun to be challenged with different shots.
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    Enough breeze to keep the mosquitoes off me is ideal.

    20 mph+ is usually a deal breaker.
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    I don't mind the wind. On the days with extreme wind, I don't really care about my score. It's just fun being creative with shots. I suppose that when I stop playing so much golf, that I will not enjoy it as much.
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    Our greens are not fast enough to move a ball in the wind!
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  • dubbelbogeydubbelbogey  523WRX Points: 246Members Posts: 523 Golden Tee
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    I don't mind light to moderate winds, as I find the challenge pretty interesting. Being forced to hit shots and shot shapes that are different is a lot of fun.



    I admit that when it gets extreme (30+mph) then I start losing interest. At that point it's unpleasant being out there at all, nevermind how it affects my golf shots.
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  • RoodyRoody A little gust, Romes Rochester, NY 1187WRX Points: 271Handicap: 7.1Members Posts: 1,187 Platinum Tees
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    MtlJeff wrote:




    I lose a lot of confidence playing in rain, when my grips and hands are wet....it's like i worry the clubs gonna fly out of my hands or something. I find it gets to my senses worse than wind




    I'm the same way. My mind is all over the place, no focus, and like you said worried about the club slipping. And after I put the umbrella down so I can take my shot, standing in the rain makes me uneasy over the shot.
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    Roody wrote:

    MtlJeff wrote:


    I lose a lot of confidence playing in rain, when my grips and hands are wet....it's like i worry the clubs gonna fly out of my hands or something. I find it gets to my senses worse than wind




    I'm the same way. My mind is all over the place, no focus, and like you said worried about the club slipping. And after I put the umbrella down so I can take my shot, standing in the rain makes me uneasy over the shot.




    Do either of you use rain gloves? No chance of a club slipping using them.
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    "It's not golf without wind"....makes it far more interesting and challenging. I like the challenge, played in 45mph gusts about a month ago, it was fun!
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  • Carl Spackler3Carl Spackler3  1183WRX Points: 356Members Posts: 1,183 Platinum Tees
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    Grew up by water in NY very used to it
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    Windy golf is grueling golf. Every shot requires concentration. I don't mind playing in the wind though because I know most everyone else hates it. They've beaten themselves already. Plus, Texas is windy as it is so I might as well like the wind.
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    I actually like playing in adverse conditions, windy, rain, wind & rain, etc... however, if i'm not wearing the appropriate clothing than I couldn't do it. For example, I played at Tilden Park in Berkeley on Saturday with 3 of my buddies. Temp was in the high 40's low 50's. The rain was light for parts of it with an hour or so break but there was also a point where the rain was dropping pretty heavy and sideways. I was wearing a water resistant pullover, a vest, rain pants, rain gloves, some disposable hand/pocket warmers and i had my trusty umbrella with me. 2 of the other guys were dressed the same sans rain pants and gloves. One guy was wearing shorts and a hoodie. He was so miserable halfway through the round i ended up giving him my hand warmers. I definitely had a blast even though my game is kinda dependent on roll out.
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  • BNGLBNGL Jupiter, Florida 1856WRX Points: 535Unregistered Posts: 1,856 Platinum Tees
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    I love it. Played in the dakotas when I was younger and the cold heavy wind, really knocks the ball down. I learned how to strike it solidly and manipulate the ball to maintain length and integrity of ball strike in any breeze.



    I also learned to love adverse conditions l, because a lot of good players don’t like it and take themselves out of a round before it even begins. So you don’t only mentally relish the added challenge, but you practice in as well. I’m not dumb, I won’t go out with lightening but if it’s raining really gusty I’ll go hit balls and putts around.
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  • augustgolfaugustgolf Golf with dignity Coastal NC 3961WRX Points: 272Members Posts: 3,961 Titanium Tees
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    Working at a course as a kid, and short season...the only times I could really practice uninterrupted was when the weather was so bad everyone went home.



    Got pretty good playing in wind, I thought....



    until I moved to Texas, where I learned to hit a wedge "knee high to a grasshopper"



    Love playing in wind...rain, not so much, but that's only because I wear glasses
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  • mds5062mds5062  78WRX Points: 15Members Posts: 78 Fairways
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    Played this past weekend in strong gusts, up to 30. Hit my 4i, normally 210ish, 160 yards into it and my 9i, 150ish, 170 with it. After playing my real ball, would mess around with a second ball for knockdowns and was fun as ****. I'd prefer ideal conditions but every once and a while having a crazy wind day is fun.
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    Wind is fun. Let it fly and enjoy the craziness.
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    Should be fun on the range this afternoon. I’ll take 60*, windy and sunny anytime in January! Perfect wind to practice holding draws into it ... sort of the anti-Hogan practice routine. LOL. Tomorrow back to reality.



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  • Viktoryred3Viktoryred3 Just playing the game...  237WRX Points: 74Handicap: 8Members Posts: 237 Fairways
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    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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