Originally Posted by clearwaterms
During my round today, we experienced sustained 20 mph winds with gusts at 40+. The wind was strong enough to knock golf balls off of the tee while you were waiting for the group in front of you. So my playing partner and I started talking and I asked the question, how many strokes a round does severe wind cost you?
My estimate was 2 a side.
Just to give you an idea of how bad it was, I watched my partner nut a 3w and it traveled less than 150 yards into the wind.
The follow up question is does the wind add more strokes to high handicappers or low handicappers?
What are your thoughts?
1) the more spin you produce the more the ball will be effected by the wind. That's why its better to club up and swing easier than it is to swing harder with the wind. Because increased clubhead speed, and usually a steeper angle of attack due to an aggressive swing will increase spin.
Basically the ball moves in the air due to high and low pressure. When the ball spins, it creates high pressure on one side and low pressure on the other. The ball will travel to low pressure. There's a cool sports science video on a soccer ball, and how they curve the ball in air.
So if your a player that has a big slice, your slice will be drastically exagerated. If you balloon the ball off the tee, it will really end up loosing distance.
As for number of strokes, there is no general rule of thumb. I've played very good rounds of golf in both wind and no wind, and bad rounds in wind and no wind. Though its tougher, for me its probably 1-2 strokes per 9 holes if i get complacent. Usually that happens when i try to predict the wind doing one thing and it doesn't. But still, i can still make up that shot if i hit a good 2nd shot, or a good chip, or make a putt. Just the beauty of golf.