Anyone who watched the Masters saw the sheer brutality of playing in the wind. It messed with everyone at one point or another, and they’re the best in the world at handling it.
Not every round we play is going to be sunny and calm, but the wind does not have to derail your round. To help, we’ve put together some tips for you to try out next time you find yourself in the middle of a blustery round.
Though goes against all of your instincts, don’t fight the wind. It doesn’t matter how tough you think you are, you’re not going to muscle it through the breeze. Butch Harmon once told us that instead of thinking about swinging hard, you need to think about hitting the ball solidly. “A solid shot will fly true in a pretty stiff breeze, but a weak shot is hopeless.”
To give yourself the best chance at hitting a solid shot, Harmon suggests taking an extra club or two, and swinging around 75 percent. If you’re swinging fast, your shots are more likely to come off the face with more backspin. More backspin means it’s going to launch higher, and that’s going to make your ball more vulnerable in the wind. Taking more club and swinging at 75 percent with the thought of staying more on top of the ball will help you trap it, keeping it lower and flying straighter.