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Impact of Weather Conditions on the Game: 2 Facts and 2 Myths

Impact of Weather Conditions on the Game: 2 Facts and 2 Myths

Golfing comes with a lot of misconceptions and myths that are mixed in with the facts. Like any sport, there are certain golfing superstitions and biases of players that can contribute to the development of myths regarding different areas of the game.

One of the biggest areas where people are likely to believe myths over facts is the impact of the weather condition on the golfing game. While weather conditions can make a marked difference, it is necessary to separate the facts from the myths. The following are a few of them:

Myth 1: No Air is Good Air

A popular myth is the belief that air ruins the trajectory of the golf ball. However, the air actually has a minimal role to play in this area. The only time air makes a marginal difference is when you are playing in winter. Now, to understand what impacts the golf ball, you need to take different factors into consideration.

For starters, how far a ball will go depends a lot more on its initial spin and speed, along with the trajectory and air condition. Take a look at the following chart which highlights this factor:

Trajectory Conditions

Max Height of the Shot

Distance Travelled

Normal – Air and Spin Present

38 yards

248 yards

No Air – Spin Present

8 yards

180 yards

No Spin – Air Present

6 yards

120 yards

 

Based on this chart, it is easy to see that the spin of the golf ball makes a bigger impact. No air is actually bad air because if you cut down spin, it doesn’t travel a lot of distance. No spin is also a bad situation to be in because it travels less distance than it did with air.

By understanding the importance of spin and air, and using them to your advantage, you are able to make accurate shots that give you the kind of results you want. This also allows you to capitalize on the role that air plays by using it to your advantage. In this manner, you are able to plan out the shot with a greater degree of accuracy.

Fact 1: Windy Weather is Challenging to Play In

On windy days, many golfers will face a bit of difficulty in being able to make long shots with accuracy. Wind resistance can make the shot go off course, impact its speed and the overall accuracy. In such instances, directional challenges have to be considered so as to ensure that the shot is made without any deterioration, and retains its strength, spin and trajectory.

The wind resistance depends a lot on the wind speeds you are experiencing at the moment. Winds that go up to 30 mphs will definitely be more challenging. Regular winds can get up to 10 to 15mph and the resistance they create is minimal at best. However, this minimal difference can add up to cause you to miss your shot. Due to this factor, windy weather can be very challenging to play in, but it is not unplayable.

Many experts like to play in windy weather to be able to work out the challenges. You can only visualize so much about overcoming the problem. By stepping out in windy weather, you can improve your game and work out various golfing situations. This not only strengthens your game, it also makes sure that you are able to handle this condition when it arises in a professional game.

Myth 2: Humidity Ruins Visibility

While golf is definitely not playable when it is raining, the humidity in the air is also often looked upon with the same fear by amateur golfers. The belief is rooted in the fact that humidity is a sign of rain, and will therefore ruin the visibility. In some places, humidity can also cause condensation and even cause light mist to appear. On the other hand, those instances are rare and don’t occur frequently. In fact, humidity is actually looked upon favorably because it makes the air less dense.

Dense air is actually known for causing an unnecessary drag, which in turn ruins the flight of the ball. Many players consider humidity that can cause shirt soaking to be the optimum condition to play in. Sure, the weather might be a bit annoying, but it causes accuracy in terms of trajectory and shot.

The table below showcases this factor, also taking into account the temperature as well as the clubs used. In this case, we’re including data for shots made with the help of a driver and a 5 iron:

Club

5oC – Humidity 100%

20oC – Humidity 50%

35oC – Humidity 80%

Driver

244 yards

250 yards

262 yards

5 Iron

168 yards

175 yards

182 yards

 

Keep in mind that this distance travelled is also impacted by wind, air pressure and other factors so you might experience deterioration in accuracy of some kind. On the other hand, based on the data, it showcases that warm and humid weather offers the best conditions for golf.

Fact 2: Cold Weather makes it Hard to Concentrate

Golfing during the winters isn’t actively indulged in because of different factors that can make it difficult to retain accuracy. Another factor is also the drop in temperature that causes the air to get heavier. Cold air is naturally heavier than warm air and this extra weight is felt by the golf ball. This means that you can experience more deterioration in the trajectory of the ball.

Humidity in the air is also low in cold weather, contributing to poor momentum for the golf shot. In this case, the weather conditions aren’t unplayable, but they are definitely a challenge for you to overcome. Also, the cold wind and the weather can also make it difficult to mentally concentrate on the shot. While golf is a physical game, it also requires a huge degree of mental concentration.

When all the elements around you aren’t working in your favor, it gets difficult to stay calm and make the shot. For this reason, most golfing seasons are usually in the summer time, when the weather is hot, humid and the warm air boosts the trajectory of the golf ball with ease.

 

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