The last two rounds of golf have really challenged my game. With gusts up to 65 kph (40 mph) and temperatures around 10° C (50° F), I found the playing conditions very tough. Before Padraig and his crew from the northern shores of Ireland start laughing at me, I think it is fair to say that for our area, these were very tough conditions. It challenged all my play making abilities to a point where I realized that I have some work to do with respect to my mid iron play. But this is a good thing…..right?
During both rounds, I fought a two club wind on almost every shot. It seemed as if the wind was in my face for at least 12 holes each day. This meant that I was hitting quite a few 3H, 4H, 5 and 6 irons as second shots. I actually felt very comfortable hitting my hybrids, but struggled with the 5 and 6 iron. I am hitting the ball higher with my new clubs and this posed a significant challenge to my mid distance game.
I am still adjusting to my new clubs and as a result I can honestly say that I am slowly hitting more consistent shots. But, I am not at the level I expect and as such will continue to work on my ball striking ability. Playing in a strong wind, my minor hitting errors are accentuated. What would normally be a small error resulted in an “OMG” type of shot! And finding this out now is a very good thing in my books.
Another issue was the cold. On the second and coldest day, I wore four layers. That one extra layer was enough to limit my turn radius and I felt like I was struggling to complete every swing. Additionally, the tips of all my fingers were numb by the end of the round; so my touch around the green was a bit suspect at best. But, that was all in the fun.
Two great things did happen on the second day. First, Rick, Blair and I met up with our friend Serge. We had not played a round together in quite sometime and it was awesome catching with Serge. I comes to our area from time to time and as all current / ex-military officers we picked up where we left off as if no time had passed. We are all great friends and sharing a round of golf together is always a good thing!
Second, I chipped in for birdie on the 18th hole. It was the only birdie I made in two rounds. And it was a great way to finish off these two cold and windy days. It was a tough downhill chip that I hope I do not have to make very often in the future. Regardless, chipping in is always fun and surprising.
Golfing in the cold and wind challenges my golf game. I like to play in them because one never knows what weather we will experience in tournaments. In my case over the past two rounds, I will use these playing conditions as a learning experience to improve my mid-distance game.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
2 thoughts on “Playing Golf In the Cold and Wind”
Jim, gotta keep that ball flight down into the wind. Have you been working on any knockdown shots with your new irons?
Man, you Canadians are a tough crowd. Four layers and numb fingers in the middle of June???
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I have not had the chance to work on anything with my new irons….just play. The ranges are just opening in our area.
It was cold, but at least there were no bugs. They can be horrible this time of year. The cold will slow them down lots. We had a frost warning last night….I am ready for summer. 🙂
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