This morning, on a very, very windy day, I hit a few balls at the Golden Bear Golf Center. The day started out heavily clouded, but the wind soon blew the clouds away and left the day sunny, but with a very strong wind from the west.
I started off warming up with the pitching wedge, and the wind was hard right-to-left with a bit into me. My old nemesis, the fat shot, was evident from the first. So, I did what I’ve done when I can’t hit the wedge, I get out the driver. Got out the big stick and proceeded to pound balls at the green with the yellow flag. The wind wasn’t affecting the flight of the ball too much at this time, so my gentle fades were drawn back to the flag by the wind. I then took out the 3- and 5-woods and hit some balls, pretty well. I hit a few 5-woods off the deck, surprisingly straight though not long due to the wind.
Now, the wind was really starting to howl, so I thought it would be fun to see how far right I could hit the ball and have it draw back in the wind. I got out the 7-iron and tried to hit a fade at the right edge of the green with the blue flag. Hooked it instead and sent the ball high, the wind grabbed it and took it a good 40 yds left of the green. Wow!
Set up again for a fade, but aimed at the yellow flag. Hit the ball very high with only a trace of a fade, then the wind grabbed it and the ball landed just on the left edge of the green. That’s some wind!
Now the wind was howling so hard that I decided to hit the ball really high with the sand wedge. I swung very hard aimed at the right edge of the green with the red flag, the wind grabbed it and the ball landed right on the left fringe. Heh!
The wind was howling so hard it was pointless to continue, so I gathered my gear and headed home. Too bad the wind wasn’t behind me, it would have been fun to tee it up high and hit 300 yd drives.