If you’re a golfer playing on Cape Cod, you know that wind is simply part of the deal. If the wind blows your game off course, you will find it difficult to play consistently. Here are some tips for how to handle windy conditions, especially when the wind is howling in your face.

  1. When It’s Breezy, Swing Easy

Most golfers have heard this phrase, but few adhere to it. The tendency when hitting into the wind is to swing harder, but that is counter-productive. By swinging easier, you can better control ball flight and reduce spin, which is essential in windy conditions. A smoother, more rhythmic swing with good tempo always works better in the wind.

  1. Tee it Low

You want to do everything possible to promote a lower ball flight when hitting into the wind. The lower the ball flight, the further it will travel. When playing with the wind at your back, do the opposite and tee the ball up normally, so you can hit it high and ride the wind.

  1. Adjust Ball Position

Set up with the ball further back in your stance, closer to your back foot than you would normally. Remember to shift your weight forward to maintain balance. This change will promote a steeper angle of attack, lessen spin and produce a lower ball flight. If you can master the knock-down shot, you’ll have much less fear about playing in the wind.

  1. Adjust Hand Position

Lead with your hands at impact to de-loft the club and reduce backspin. To do this, focus on maintaining a firm left wrist (for right-handed golfers) through impact. This will also promote a more controlled and abbreviated follow-through, something else that helps in the wind.

  1. Adjust Your Shots

Let’s say there is a left-to-right crosswind. In that case, set up on the right side of the tee box and aim left, providing enough space for the wind to blow your ball into the fairway. It’s important to embrace the wind instead of fighting it. Use it to your advantage by shaping your shots accordingly.

  1. Stay Balanced

It can be difficult to remain still on a windy day, even when you’re putting. To help keep both feet firmly planted, widen your stance, which will lower your center of gravity and improve stability.

  1. Use More Club

This seems obvious, but you would be amazed at how many golfers fail to take extra club when hitting into the wind. Instead of pulling out that hybrid, take a lower-lofted club, like a 3- or 5-wood, and swing three-quarters to keep the ball low. Taking extra club and making a shortened swing will make a huge difference in the wind. Consider this even on shots around the green by hitting chips and bump-and-run shots instead of high pitches. A general rule of thumb is that for every 10 mph against you, you will need to hit one more club.

  1. Don’t Panic

You’ve probably heard the saying that 90 percent of golf is that two inches of space between your ears. If you complain about the wind before you even tee off and begin overreacting to it, you are setting yourself up for failure. Accepting the challenge and thinking positively will give you the best opportunity for success.

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2024

The Golf Courses are open, and Carts are available.

18-hole carts are available up to the 3:00pm starting time.

9-hole golf carts are available up to the 5:00pm starting time.

Drinking water is available at filling stations by the clubhouse. 

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