23rd October 2019
As the weather changes from Summer into Autumn, many of us are dreading the inevitable - the blustery day that ruins your game. But does it have to? Here, we have compiled a list of our top tips on how to keep control of that tiny ball on a blowy day:
Don’t just swing harder - Understandably, many players will be tempted to hit the ball harder when conditions are windy. This is a huge no-no. Swinging with more force won’t allow you to ‘beat the wind’, it will probably just make things a whole lot worse, adding more spin and resulting in less control of the ball. Having a bit more of a relaxed swing will mean you hit the ball more accurately and have a better chance of making your shot.
Club selection - Windy conditions will mean a change of club. The general idea is for every 10 mph of wind you’ve got coming at you, you’ll need to hit another club (so a 6 iron shot will become a 7 iron shot)
Balance - If balance isn’t your strong point, you will struggle even more so in the wind. It really is vital that you focus on your balance on a blustery day, as even a small amount of wind will enhance your problem. Widen your stance a little, and make sure you focus.
Lastly, don’t let the weather put you off playing- Many players would call it quits on a particularly windy day, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. Just a little more concentration and trying to use the wind to your advantage by focusing on the direction of it, and you can still have an enjoyable game. The extra challenge may even help you improve your techniques!