Month: June 2018
Playing golf in the wind
I never liked going to the golf course in windy weather. It messes up trajectory of your shots, and basically makes hitting the ball with accuracy super-difficult task. When you’re amateur golfer like myself, increasing difficulty is not something you aim for, which is why i always dreaded going to the course in windy weather. But around here, in Iowa, where i live, wind is quite common, so i had to learn and adapt to the situation, or else, i wouldn’t get to play golf at all.
At first, things weren’t easy. Going to the golf course felt like a chore, and drained me of most of my energy. Knowing that i would have to play in unfavorable conditions made me anxious and the effects of anxiety were even worse than the weather itself. Whenever i played in the wind, my results and distance would shrink significantly. I felt like i was being punished by nature itself.
Good thing is, though, that windy weather had same effect on most of my friends. So i wasn’t alone in my misery, which made things a little tolerable. All of us tried to adapt to weather by using different methods, but fruitlessly. Eventually, we learned some tricks that helped us improve our scores. It was never as good as normal, but at least now we were having fun.
As promised, i’m going to share the tips to help the readers as well. First thing i learned was that hitting the ball harder doesn’t always yield better results. In fact, it rarely does. We logically assumed that hitting ball harder would make its trajectory less volatile, but we were wrong. Truth is, that hitting ball harder only makes things worse, because your mistakes and imperfections of your swing are highlighted and have even bigger effect. Second tip, was to try and improve our striking skills. Well-struck golf balls have much easier time flying in the wind. So the better you strike the ball, the better results you’ll yield.
I personally also found smoother swing to work much better. That way, you are able to solidly hit the ball. Don’t try to use your strength to hit the ball. Using your muscles will only make things worse. Unlike normal conditions, faster swing speed isn’t beneficial in windy weather, so i’d advise to reduce the speed by at least ten percent. The make and design of golf ball itself, is important too. I use Srixon Marathon golf balls, and definitely recommend it. Even though i don’t have time to describe them in detail here, you can always check out the review by GolfClubsGuru.
At the end of the day, you shouldn’t view wind as your opponent, but as a side-effect that causes you to slightly alter style of your game. Otherwise you’ll have to give up playing golf in bad weather, or play miserably. Try and use these tips, so you can turn wind into your advantage.
Common problems on the golf course and how to get over them
You look forward to your weekend for the whole week, and when you finally wake up on saturday morning, weather is terrible and you dread going to the course to play golf. This situation is very common for most golfers, and it’s obviously not a pleasant one. So today i wanted to give advice on how to approach this problem differently using positive thinking. I’m not going to teach you techniques for taking advantage of the situation to have better shots, but my advice might help you be on better mood and being on good mood usually means better golf results. You can choose to be miserable, but you might as well opt ot not go to the course at all. Bad mood means bad judgement, and good judgement is essential to play golf properly.
Not everyone is that grumpy when things don’t go as planned, but the feelings i described above are probably closest to my own. But all golfers, and generally speaking, all people, experience these kinds of thoughts that can bring us down.
Truth is, you can always adjust your plans. If saturday doesn’t work, maybe you could change plans a little bit, and do most of your golfing on sunday, while you use saturday to do other tasks? Or, you could go golfing on saturday, but spend as much time as you had planned. There are also various gadgets that can help you play better in bad weather. When i noticed that rains were getting more and more common, i got myself excellent golf umbrella. It dramatically improved quality and results of my game. And it cost very little, at least compared to my club set and bag. Gloves are also good option for playing in rain. It’s up to you to find these cool shortcuts to solving your problems. But nothing’s more important than having good club set at your disposal. If you’re senior like me, one of these clubs mentioned here will be fine.
Another example of irritating disturbance on golf course is slow play and players themselves who take forever with their shots. In my experience, it’s better to not expect this type of behavior when you’re going on the course. Because if you do, once you get there, you’ll interpret everything to comply with your assumptions. What i mean is, even when someone’s doing their best to play quick, you’ll see their small mistakes and interpret them as being slow and annoying. This kind of thinking has never worked out well for me, and i doubt they’ll work out for you. So just focus on your game, and if someone’s being slow, just politely ask them. Chances are, they’ll comply. If they don’t, you’ll have to find other ways, but worrying about it before it even happens won’t land you any results, either.
Can drinking beer improve your golfing skills?
Every golfer i’ve ever met, including myself, is curious about answer to this – does beer actually help your golf performance? I know it doesn’t make sense, but maybe, just like in dating, drinking beer gives you confidence or something. Or it could all be illusion, and while you think you’re doing better, everyone is sneering behind your back. I guess the reason for this curiosity is practical – should you be drinking beer while on the golf course? Well, most people do anyway, but more or less. Finding out whether beer helps or not could be helpful. Most people do agree that drinking beer is pre-requisite to having the best time on course you can, so personally, i’d definitely recommend always taking 6 pack to the golf course with you.
I remember hearing on some golf channel that they had actually conducted an experiment to measure this. Golfers took their shots before and after getting drunk, and finally, results were compared. Golfers were average people, so the results should’ve been totally random. But it turns out, slightly drunk people scored better. It may be the placebo effect, which means that drinking beer makes you more confident and calm, and that’s why results are better. Or it could be the players using superior irons. But the fact remains, that drunk people score better on average. They couldn’t find any correlation between level of intoxication and golf performance, perhaps because experiment wasn’t sophisticated enough. That would be pretty interesting to see as well. If i had to take a lucky guess, i’d guess that first few pints of beer do help you mentally, but anything more than that probably has negative effect.
When it comes to accuracy, some players showed significant improvement after drinking beer, while others’ results worsened. So i guess that’s also unpredictable, but we can assume that beer slightly improves your accuracy? Then again, this experiment and article is just for fun, so nothing can be taken as scientific evidence.
Observers also noticed that players’ golf swings got much worse after consuming alcohol. As you probably know, swinging the club properly requires a lot of precision and good stature, neither of which are side-effects of consuming alcohol, so i guess that makes sense, too.
Having good judgement is also crucial to play golf properly, and while those researchers couldn’t properly measure the judgement, they all agreed that small amount of beer helped with confidence, but any more than one or two pints started to take toll on golfers’ judgement.