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August 31, 2013
Funny, you don’t sound like you come from Florida 🙂
I am originally from England, but grew up in Miami, Fl.
On the course from where you deliver your lecture on wind direction, which looks barren ,there aren’t that many trees ,so of course it’s not that easy to determine from where the wind is blowing ,and your argument is well taken .On the majority of course I play on ,the fairways are lined up with high trees ,so it’s fairly easy to find out from where he wind is blowing by looking at the tree tops (The wind at the level of the ground should not be taken in consideration ,and throwing in the air a leaf or a piece of grass is nonsense )
But ,generally speaking ,and from my own experience as a seasoned golfer,I strongly believe the the influence of wind is widly overstated :if you shoot straight the influence of wind is negligible .Where it counts most is when you play on a links course ,with the wind coming in general from the sea .I played a course in the Caribbean Islands ,a par three ,where you had to shoot at 45 degrees from the target to land your tee shot on the green!
On an open terrain, it should actually be a lot easier to determine wind direction. When you’re on an enclosed course; tree lined fairways or large buildings then it becomes tough to determine where the wind is coming from. The wind starts swirling around and can get confusing. Throwing grass into the air tells you immediately what direction and strength the wind is, its very important and I probably do it prior to all shots. Wind should always be taken into consideration, wind will almost always affect your ball no matter where or which course you play.
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