Golf for Everyone: Golf Conditions

What are conditions in golf, and how do they affect scores


By Brendan Busky

Different conditions in golf affect how people play. Some of them can help out players, while some can hurt players. Conditions can explain why a person can shoot well one day and badly the next day. They will affect everyone playing.

Conditions are the wind, rain, types of grass, and types of sand. The wind and rain make the course a little bit harder. In certain situations, the grass and sand can help players.

The wind, for the most part, is pretty self-explanatory. When you hit the ball in the air, the wind will move your ball. There are some lesser-known facts about the wind, though. When it is a very windy day, and there are not many trees, it can affect the greens by drying them out. This will make the greens firmer and faster. The wind will also affect the spin of your ball. For example, if you are hitting the wind, your ball will spin and stop more quickly. If you go downwind, your ball will spin less and run out more.

Rain has a couple of different effects as well. If you are playing while it is raining, you need to try and keep your clubs as dry as possible because it can be hard to hold on to them if they get super wet. The ground becomes soft when it is super wet outside, and the ball stops faster. This can make it a little bit harder because the ball will not roll out, and it will make your shots farther coming into the green.

The grass can be complicated for people to understand fully. First of all, how the grass in the fairway is: the main thing is the grains of the grass and how close together each grain of grass is also known as the grass being tight. Oftentimes people that are newer to golf do not like when the grass is tight because new golfers struggle to get down to the ball. More experienced golfers typically like tight turf because it helps you spin the ball better, and it is easier to make good contact once you are used to it. The thicker the rough is, the harder to hit it out. The grass on the greens can affect the consistency of how fast and straight the ball rolls.

Sand is not as complicated as the rest of the conditions. The sand will be firm and soft. Usually, having soft sand in bunkers next to the green is preferred because it is easier to do different things with the ball. In the fairway bunkers, you do not want it to firm, but you want it firmer than the bunkers next to the green.

There are many different aspects to the conditions in golf, and they can be hard to learn. Playing more and at different courses with different conditions is the easiest way to learn about the conditions.