The Play of the Wind

To be in weather, ah, that's the stuff of golf! But to be good in weather, you have to be able to play in the wind. Watch and learn from these videos.

We play golf to get out of the "greenhouse," the perfectly controlled, no-sweat-no-chill, comfy-but-sterile environment of the great indoors. No doubt, we prefer to play when it's 79 and sunny, but to be in weather of all sorts is one's of golf's best draws. We are drawn to the force and beauty of the elements; they remind us of a power greater than ourselves.

That said, we also play golf to shoot low, and to shoot low in the elements, you have to learn to play in the wind. Before watching the play-the-wind videos below, consider these facts (they'll blow you away):

Headwind. Wind affects lift and drag, which influence ball flight. A headwind increases lift and hang time, giving wind more time to work against the normal flight. This decreases distance by up to 40 yards (with a 40-mph wind).

Tailwind. A 40-mph tailwind reduces lift and hang time, but the force pushing the ball makes it travel up to 20 yards farther. That headwind/tailwind distance difference of up 60 yard affects club choice, obviously. And strong crosswinds can be punishing with both distance and aim.

Watch how a 100 km/ph wind causes instructor Bob Weeks to use a driver on a 102-yard par 3.

When you go up against that kind of force, you need a strategy. Your how-to-play-the-wind homework assignment is to try the tips found in these videos:

What are your suggestions for playing in the wind?

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