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So you’ve brought your B game to the course...and there’s 25mph winds

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So I’ve been hitting my mid summer stride of upper 70s lower 80s scores of late but am still due a day where it’s just not as sharpe as other days. Today would have been that day except here in the Texas Panhandle we also have 20-25mph winds.
I can manage a round of B playing to keep it at a respectable score but when you push those winds into it I began to wonder why I play anymore.

What do you do when the conditions are working you over and your games not at its best...?

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I’ll mix and match to what course I’m playing or conditions but it works.

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  • KAndyManKAndyMan JUST GOTTA SEND IT!!! Trident/Lowcountry areaMembers  427WRX Points: 175Handicap: ManyPosts: 427 Greens
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    Isnt there some fancy saying about slowing down your swing when the winds are up?

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  • JustsomeguyJustsomeguy Members  1369WRX Points: 319Handicap: 15Posts: 1,369 Platinum Tees
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    Take 2 extra clubs, swing slower, keep it low and play for roll.

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    On -, @Justsomeguy said:

    Take 2 extra clubs, swing slower, keep it low and play for roll.

    That works on about 1/4 of the holes here. A lot of our greens are elevated. I had 135 to Center. Up hill into the wind. Caught an 8 iron clean on a slower swing lower driving shot. As I began to strut it Came up short. SMH :s

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    I’ll mix and match to what course I’m playing or conditions but it works.

  • Hilltopper413Hilltopper413 Members  214WRX Points: 89Handicap: 1.1Posts: 214 Fairways
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    On -, @chrio said:

    So I’ve been hitting my mid summer stride of upper 70s lower 80s scores of late but am still due a day where it’s just not as sharpe as other days. Today would have been that day except here in the Texas Panhandle we also have 20-25mph winds.
    I can manage a round of B playing to keep it at a respectable score but when you push those winds into it I began to wonder why I play anymore.

    What do you do when the conditions are working you over and your games not at its best...?

    It’s cliche, but you’ve got to play what you’ve got. Manage your misses. Don’t try to fix your swing on the course, just hit the shot you have. If you’re hitting it left, then play all day aiming right. In the wind the worst thing to do is get fancy. Just make solid strikes with whatever ball flight you have that day.

    Oh, and GRIND around the greens.

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  • TheMagicStingerTheMagicStinger Members  930WRX Points: 197Handicap: 7.6Posts: 930 Golden Tee
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    If I'm playing in wind I always take coming up short as a loss... Unless the trouble is considerable behind the green I'm making absolute sure I land it on the green or miss over the green... I kind of use the same mindset about leaving putts short...

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  • JAMH03JAMH03 Members  979WRX Points: 440Posts: 979 Golden Tee
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    Hope this helps.

    Some of my golfing heroes are Tom Kite, Tiger Woods, Old Tom Morris, Seve, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Harvey Pennick.

    Fully engage my imagination thinking that I'm trying to manage my game as well as I can trying to bring a score in to the clubhouse. It's the year 2000 I've got a 5 shot lead I'm leaking oil but David Duval on my six... Gotta bring this home!

    Sometimes that doesn't work. Then I just think of getting fried food and try not to be a little

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  • vbbvbb Members  1592WRX Points: 151Posts: 1,592 Platinum Tees
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    About 3 rounds ago I shot a round that improved my index (top 10 of my last 20 rounds) in 25mph winds. I didn't have my A game either. The only adjustments I made were to take an extra club (or 2) when I was into the wind, play for the center of the green as opposed to wherever the flag was, and make sure to aim to a point that if the wind caught my ball, my miss would be in a decent spot. I did have a couple more up and downs around the green than my usual, but I wasn't playing spectacular.

    Basically just play conservatively.

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    I go to the bar.

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  • HonestPlayerHonestPlayer Members  264WRX Points: 97Posts: 264 Greens
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    Conservative golf. Keep the ball in play and don’t worry too much about my score. My best round was in windy conditions and wet weather so I don’t mind too much about wind unless it’s a long hole straight into a head wind.

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  • buckeyeflbuckeyefl Members  6106WRX Points: 1,101Posts: 6,106 Titanium Tees
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    Expectations have to change with conditions. Solid contact will take some sting out of the wind as will leaving your ego in the car.

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  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members  4328WRX Points: 575Handicap: 8.2Posts: 4,328 Titanium Tees
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    It's gonna be a long day.........
    Good ball striking day in the wind....fun
    Bad ball striking day in the wind.....Not as fun.
    Manage expectations, you might be in for a surprise.

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    your par should change

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    I’d also go to bar. If you have to play unless you can flight the ball well I’d suggest keeping things simple, try to avoid big numbers.

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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 IowaClubWRX  21720WRX Points: 5,716Posts: 21,720 ClubWRX
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    Try your C+ game in a 45 mph steady gale on your dream trip! Last year, Struie course, Royal Dornoch.

    We played, chalked it up to a fun experience and didn't keep score, lol.

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    When I was young, I liked playing in the wind (real wind, 25+). It will tell you how good you're really playing. Now, I hope there's something good on tv.

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  • dmecca2dmecca2 Scranton, PAMembers  367WRX Points: 320Handicap: +3Posts: 367 Greens
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    When I figure it out I will let you know. Im a +hdcp and whenever my ball striking is off and the winds pick up there's not much you can do besides aim for the fattest part of the green and fairways. I find the easiest way to not score big numbers in the wind is to just get the ball in play. Easier said than done

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    If it's not fun, don't do it.

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    As Andrew Rice says if it’s blowing 25 enjoy the day away from the course

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    I love playing in the wind, its an advantage over golfers that struggle with
    Playing in the wind. The trick is, club selection, expectations, and attitude.
    Make the wind your friend, and go play.

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    Extra hot dog at the turn.

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    Even when I have my A game, heavy winds will increase my score. So alter your expectations, less-than-great playing, difficult conditions, maybe that's going to mean 10 strokes over your "net par" game, 6 or 8 over your average. That's life, that's golf, don't let it get to you. If its blowing 25 and I hit a green with a wedge, its a good shot. If I hit the shot I want, and the wind does unexpected things to the ball, that's OK, its still a good shot.

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    I mean, it still beats not being on the course at all, right? Just have a few more beers while you are out there!

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    On -, @chrio said:

    So I’ve been hitting my mid summer stride of upper 70s lower 80s scores of late but am still due a day where it’s just not as sharpe as other days. Today would have been that day except here in the Texas Panhandle we also have 20-25mph winds.
    I can manage a round of B playing to keep it at a respectable score but when you push those winds into it I began to wonder why I play anymore.

    What do you do when the conditions are working you over and your games not at its best...?

    In that situation I stop in the pro shop before the round and buy an extra dozen balls.

    I remember when I made my long-awaited first visit to Dornoch. I'd been working hard on my game and had managed for the first time in my life to develop a consistent draw, especially with the driver. I was looking forward to letting the new swing show its stuff at a world famous course.

    Except in the last couple rounds before leaving home that hard draw was starting to cross the line into a hook. And then I arrive at the first tee of RDGC on a morning with winds 20-gusting-30-something. Four hours, 100-something strokes and 16 golf balls later a friend asked me what I thought of the course. I told him I had no idea whatsoever. All I'd seen of it was waist-high rough and gorse bushes.

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  • jonnymc44jonnymc44 Manchester UKMembers  262WRX Points: 174Handicap: 5.3Posts: 262 Greens
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    Nice and easy in the breezy

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  • RoodyRoody A little gust, Romes Rochester, NYMembers  1313WRX Points: 357Handicap: 5.1Posts: 1,313 Platinum Tees
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    When I played Kiawah in April of this year I only had 3 rounds under my belt for the season, so my A game was not even close to ready. And we played in 30-35 mph winds for the entire round. There were several times where I was clubbing up a full 4 clubs.

    It was crazy, and I managed to pull an 86 out on the Ocean Course. Not my best score, but considering the conditions and the difficulty of the course I'm pretty happy with it. You just play the cards you're dealt, and find the best way to manage it.

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    What do you do when the conditions are working you over and your games not at its best...?

    Try to get through the round and not think about it too much. There is always tomorrows round.

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    The Challenge of Wind

    .............isn't that a poem?

    reminds of my days,
    not in the Coast Guard
    and trying to light match in the salty gusts.

    Slow the entire process. Patience is your best friend in the wind.

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    I have two sports I enjoy, golf and windsurf. Seriously compliment each other perfectly. If it's windy enough to get out on the water, it's too strong for the course!

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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 IowaClubWRX  21720WRX Points: 5,716Posts: 21,720 ClubWRX
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    There's wind and then there's wynd.

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