Hey y’all. One of the local am ladies was asking me what my secret was to putting well in the wind, and it got me thinking how I wish someone shared this morsel with me sooner. This spring in Michigan, we have had some very windy rounds. It finally clicked for me at a mixed doubles tournament in early March.
When I got to the course and realized the winds were holding steady somewhere around 30 mph with gusts 40+, I decided my 167 JK Aviars weren’t going to do too well for me. I carry 173 Pro Rhynos as throwers, and haven’t putted with them in 4 or so years. The Rhynos were going to have to be my putters on a day like that, so the Aviars went in the trunk. While we were warming up, I was banging tailwind putts with the Rhynos. Why not try to make my life a little easier, and give myself as many tailwind putts as possible during the rounds? My partner and I talked about it while we were waiting to tee on our first hole, and decided that was about our only strategy for the day (besides finding some plastic that would hold it’s line and hit the fairways). Using that strategy, I was a putting machine.
All that being said, figure out what wind direction you like to putt in. Tailwind, headwind, right to left, or left to right. Get outside on a windy day, and take a bunch of putts from each wind direction. Figure out which one you like best. Then, when you play rounds, start placing your disc to give yourself those type of putts. It’s much easier than trying to putt into a headwind one hole, than trying to figure out how to putt in a tailwind the next hole.
Wishing you all the best on windy days! Bang the chains!