In the Rain, Wind, Cold...
Adapt, Accept, Get ready earlier, Prepare
Wear more layers of clothing, be comfy. I once played a tournament round in my pajama bottoms with rain pants over top. I was so comfortable, all day, in the pouring rain and played well.
Hand warmers in pockets or inside your golf mitts/cart gloves can be a life-saver - and of course, wear a toque to keep you warm and hold your hair down.
Sunglasses for wind protection
Bring a Thermos of tea? Be warm from the inside out.
I worked with three sport psychologists during my career. They all said that adverse conditions are to your advantage because EVERYONE ELSE will be complaining about it...
I thought about that today and remembered this:
1. I obtained my LPGA Tour Card on a very windy day, when it appeared that I was “out of the tournament” after an 88 in round three (yes, 88). I shot even par the last day, and moved up about 40 spots.
1. (b ) My lone LPGA Victory was on a cold and windy day. I was two under par and was tied for low score that day… on a course that regularly produced mid-sixty-type scores
2. "Par is your friend." Par (your par) on a hole is an extremely good score on a windy day. Use that to your advantage, be patient, and know that the weather is going to add 4 or 5, maybe more, strokes to the average score of the field.
3. Keep the demons at bay, know that it’s tough for everyone, don’t fall into the traps of complaining about it…
4. Grab at least one more club than you normally would, into the wind- maybe two or three, if you add in Cold and Rain to the equation. (take more club, play the ball back in your stance, and swing easier). Downwind, allow for plenty of roll once the ball comes down.
5. Keep relaxing, keep breathing, keep smiling, keep being patient. Slow yourself (mind) down, get present. You can still play your best golf in these conditions.
6. A cross-wind can move a well-struck ball 10 to 20 yards sideways, allow for this and change your targets.
7. Allow for wind when pitching, chipping, high chips down-wind will lose their spin and have much more forward roll after landing. Shots into the wind will lift more than you expect and will stop quicker. (This took me a long time to “get”)
8. Another positive, on practice days, is that people will scatter and you’ll most likely have the course to yourself. You will definitely have the practice areas to yourself.
9. Did I mention relax? Remind yourself of this throughout the day :-)