Possibly the only negative aspect of the arrival of warmer temperatures and greener grass in the Borderland at springtime is the simultaneous arrival of winds that are sometimes extremely brutal. On the days that segments of Interstate 10 are closed because of zero visibility caused by high winds, golf is probably something to avoid altogether. However, with the consideration for the addict-golfer’s need to play, it is a good idea to be prepared with a few tips on how to beat a 40 MPH “breeze”!
Maybe the most often made mistake by golfers playing in the wind is swinging too hard and difficulty maintaining tempo. The problem with this one significant error is that faster swings into the wind create more spin on the golf ball upon impact which actually makes the ball fly even shorter into the wind when solidly struck. In addition, shots will be even more off-line with side-spin created on miss-hits. Even on shots that play downwind, too much spin can be a critical error when a shot with more spin stays in the air too long, making distances even more difficult to judge.
Swinging “inside” one’s self and maintaining some semblance of rhythm and tempo might just be what is needed to keep the golf score down when the miles-per-hour in wind is way up.