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Here in South Florida, October and November get rather breezy. 30 mph gusts are common in an open field such as a golf course. It arrived kinda early this year, and for the past several weeks I have been getting my but kicked by wind. Last Sunday, I probably gave up 10-12 strokes from my tee shots getting blown asunder and my approach shots being wildly too long or short. Simply clubbing up a club or two has not been doing me much good. Headwinds in particular have just been STOPPING my approach shots even when I club up three clubs. The wind is like a wall. And the rotation on my natural fade has been amplified in a variety of wind directions, sending my shots well off course. When I am making my club selections, I can hear David Carradine being told "You are not ready, Grasshopper." I really feel outmatched by mama nature on this one. (As it happens, my new skill to work on has been hitting short irons at less than 100%. I have been practicing Mvmac's techniques and I am making some progress. It seems quite useful in these conditions, but I still have a long way to go.) What advice would you give a noob like myself? Would you keep the tee extra low? Try to use lots of partial strength long irons? Also, what interesting experiences have you had in high winds?
Birdies - For me, a golf round never seems very satisfying unless it includes a birdie. My 8-10 handicap certainly attests to the fact that I am no birdie machine but somewhere around 2/3’s of my rounds have an under-par hole. When I am headed to a mediocre score, a birdie at least gives me one hole where I can say I managed to get things right. When I pitch a shutout, it hurts a little. Birds - Speaking of birds, parrots and parakeets often escape from their owners. In Florida, they actually stand a decent chance of surviving. A lone tree on the left of the 3rd hole of the TPC Prestancia (Sarasota, FL) became a haven for many a pet bird on the lam. It became known as the “Parrot Tree.” Any time I played that hole, the racket created by all the birds was amazing. I never heard any English spoken but there was one parrot with a pretty good Spanish vocabulary. I have no idea what it was saying; perhaps that is a good thing. It is surprising that the birds didn’t learn to cuss, what with all the bad examples playing golf nearby. And while we are on the subject of birds, I still don’t really know how to tell an anhinga apart from a cormorant. Both birds are commonly found around golf course water hazards and to my untrained eye, they look remarkably similar. Wind - Ever had a round where it seems like every hole was into the wind? We recently played in Texas and while I am sure there were a few holes where the wind was helping, everyone agreed that well more than half the holes had the wind in our face or quartering into us. I think courses designed for carts are more prone to this. A walking course must allow a certain amount of “out and back.” When everyone is in carts, it is possible to have three holes going east to west and then include a west to east cart ride back to around the starting point. I am sure course designers work to prevent this but there are always days where every long par 4 seemingly is against the wind. Tournament Handicap Index – Our club is going to institute a “Tournament Handicap Index” this year for club tournaments. Our software vendor can extract all “T” scores posted by our members over the past 2 years. In most instances, all the “T” scores will be from our own events as few members play outside tournaments. We know the “T” differentials reported for our events are correct because we post the scores for the members. Our handicap committee will no longer need to badger members to post outside rounds or harp on “ESC”. Our sole concern will be to monitor non-club “T” scores and develop fair temporary indexes for new members. It will be interesting to see how this change affects the results.
Rain is not a common occurrence down here in SoCal, so when it happens we are usually ill-prepared. Therefore, I'm asking those of you who are more used to inclement weather to share some ideas that others might not know. For example, I know that when you're playing with a caddy in the rain, the trick to keep the important things (hands) dry is to hang a towel on the underframe of the umbrella. The same trick works for your golf glove, since it'll likely get wet in your back pocket. But I find it tricky when I'm playing without somebody to hold my umbrella, because when the time comes to set it down, I don't know where to put it. Set it on the ground and the towel gets wet and dirty. Try to perch it on the bag and the slightest bit of wind might flip it off and send it tumbling down the fairway. A different set of problems arise if you're riding in a cart. Feel free to discuss these questions, and anything else you desire under the umbrella (pun very much intended ) of "bad weather golfing."