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April 9, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Golf and Weather – Masters Forecast this Weekend

The weather plays a highly important role in almost every sport, whether it’s football or golf. Of course, one of the most talked about events right now is the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. It kicked off this past Tuesday and will last through Sunday, April 11th. Professional golfers and amateurs alike know what a vital role weather plays in not only the actual game of golf, but also the course in which they are playing.


 

The 10th green at Augusta National Golf Club. Image: Wikipedia

For starters, wind definitely affects the game. When the winds increase, so does the difficulty level on the course. Even some of the best players in the world have a tough time when the winds are strong. The key to controlling distance when the winds pick up is to take more club and swing easy. When you try to hit the ball too hard against the wind, it just adds backspin and the ball shoots up.

Rain has a major effect on both the course and the player’s grip on the club. A good swing definitely gets trickier when it’s raining outside. When the fairways are wet and the course gets rough, the ball travels a shorter distance and ends up costing the player more shots. You also don’t have as much control over the ball when you’re playing on a wet and muddy green.



Image: McGill

Golf courses are a prime area for lightning strikes, as golfers are usually drenched by rain and holding a metal club. Although golfers often times end up having to play in the rain, play in tournaments is suspended when lightning approaches.

These are just a few of the different ways weather can affect the game of golf. But it looks like some great weather is in store this weekend at the Masters. The courses still may be a bit damp today as a cold front brought showers and thunderstorms to the area yesterday. Behind the front, northwesterly winds will usher in drier air with high pressure building over the Southeastern U.S. Winds are expected to be around 5-10 mph today with sunny skies and highs in the low 70’s. Temperatures will warm into the mid 70’s this weekend with lots of sunshine expected and light winds.


 
Image: www.augusta.com

 

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