Playing in extreme winds? Here are some tips from a Senior Major winner
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If we’re all being honest with one another, nobody enjoys playing golf in anything other than mid-70s and sunshine. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with that, so golfers often need to Adapt to freezing temperaturesRain and wind.
In some cases there is a lot of wind!
There’s a good chance that everyone reading this has played a round of golf where the wind is zipping and the course is even tougher to play. Instead of accepting the fact that it’s going to be a difficult round to score low, two-time Senior Players Champion Jerry Kelly is here to give some tips to perform your best.
In the video below, the footage posted on PGA Tour Champions has an Instagram accountKelly tries to give a tutorial on 35-mph winds. Not only is it quite entertaining, but it’s really helpful, too — so take a look and see how you can overcome any extreme wind during a round.
Jerry Kelly’s attempts a lesson in extremely windy conditions
As the video above shows, Kelly’s on the range in absolute lethal conditions, with the wind moving as fast as 35 mph. At one point he even shows how the conditions can affect his shooting. Shot with a 52-degree wedge.
After using the high-lofted wedge, he’s impressed with the contact. The distance, however? Not so much, joking that he probably could’ve caught the ball had he just stepped forward.
“There’s a good one,”Kelly proclaims. “That was a full 115-yard shot right there. What is that, 15 steps?”
Kelly reminds the players that the best thing to do is to adapt to extreme winds.
“There are a lot of things you can do to combat wind, but I’d say the biggest key is to not combat the wind,”He adds. “You’re going to have to find some way in your mind to understand how far balls are going, and how you can vary your heights; because that will make a huge difference [when the wind is extreme].”
Kelly suggests focusing your attention on the ball’s position.
“Varying the ball positions, that’s number one,”He gives instructions. “Trying to keep the same [motion], and understanding that we’re going to try and keep it down and shorten our follow through just a little bit.”
Kelly says he changes his club choice in addition to ball placement when the wind blows hard.
“What I end up doing is I vary clubs,”He adds. “I’ll hit a 9-iron anywhere from 50 yards and in. The 7-iron is kind of like, if I had a one-club challenge, I’d decide between a 5-iron and a 7-iron; depending on the length. You can put the club in the air or keep it away from the wind.
“But you’ve got to manufacture right from the setup.”
After hitting a good, low shot with lots of topspin, Kelly compliments the result, but quickly jokes that he can’t get too comfortable when it comes to expectations.
“I like that one, but it’s like a box of chocolates; you just don’t know what you’re going to get,” he quips.
When playing in extreme winds, there is a lot of unpredictability. You can gain confidence by experimenting both with the ball position and the club choice in order to track distances according to the conditions.
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