Golf Tips – How to Judge the Wind Correctly

Wind plays an important role in your game as it can affect the trajectory of your ball. When you play golf, you need to carefully observe the wind and adjust your game accordingly. In some cases, the effect would be minimal and would allow you to easily execute your shots.

However, sometimes, the wind can get very strong and in the open golf course, it can actually pick up speed. Here are some tips on how to accurately judge the wind and alter your game accordingly.

Types of Wind

The first thing that you need to understand about the wind is that even if it’s mild, it blows in certain set directions. The wind will blow downwind, right to left, left to right, and into the wind. This changes according to where and how you stand. If you feel the wind heading for your face, it means that you’re down the wind.

If you feel the breeze pushing against your back, it means that you’re into the wind. The other two are relatively easier to understand. The key is to understand how the direction of these forces would affect your swing and the movement of the ball. If you gain a proper understanding of the wind directions, you’ll be able modify the game accordingly.

Test the Winds

You can test the kind of winds you’re dealing with by performing these simple actions.

  • Grab a handful of grass and throw it in the air. This will allow you to judge how the wind is moving in your position. You’ll understand what kind of force your ball might be facing.
  • Look at the golf flag to understand what the wind condition is like by the target hole. The wind doesn’t always flow in the same direction in two different places. This is especially crucial for the long drives. The direction of the wind would vary significantly. This is especially true if there are any trees surrounding the property.
  • You can also judge the wind by looking at the tree tops and checking in which direction the leaves and branches are swaying. If you have a continuous line of trees between you and the target, you can actually judge how the wind would behave along the path of your ball.

The Effects

Downwind

Most people consider downwind the best wind in any situation. They know that their golf ball would simply ride the wind and use the momentum to reach farther targets more easily. In this case, you need to club down accordingly. You won’t need the same power of the same reach to get the golf ball where it needs to be. You might also need to check where the ball lands by aiming just a little ahead of the target. This would allow the ball to gently roll towards the target.

Into the Wind

Here, the wind isn’t helping you at all. The best way to deal with it is to move up in the club and firmly knock the ball down. You need to send your ball under the wind to maintain momentum.

Side Winds

The first two winds are pretty straightforward. The side winds are tricky because they add a curve to the ball. This wind is particularly harmful to the game of people who have a natural curve to their ball.

Even the mildest breeze will alter the course of your long drivers, sometimes drastically, so you need to be careful. If you have any questions about the wind and other golf problems, you can get in touch with us at Pattaya Golf Trips. Just fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you. You can also call us on 0499 013 536, and we’ll be happy to hear from you.

Thanks for reading,
Dave Miniter
0499 013 536

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