Davis Love III walks on the fairway between the silhouetted palm trees WGC CA Championship, Doral, Blue monster GC, Florida USA. March 2007. Picture Credit: Mark Newcombe / visionsingolf.com

We have been fortunate in the Lowcountry to have a mild winter with plenty of days for great golf. However, March will bring a new challenge to your golf game.

March tends to be the windiest month and you need to know what adjustments to make to play well when the wind is 10 mph or higher. To get an idea of just how windy your game will be, look at the tree tops in the distance and see what they are doing. Look on the green at the flagstick and see how it is flying.

Throwing up grass at your ball will only tell you what the wind is doing near you.

When the wind is in your face (head wind) you need to hit the ball lower:

• Take one extra club for every 10 mph.

• Widen your stance and flair out both toes; this will lower your center of gravity.

• Choke down on your grip and play the ball further back in your stance.

• Lean the grip slightly forward closer to your front thigh.

• Lean your weight forward on your target side.

• Swing at 75% to 80% of your normal speed and this will help create less spin.

When the wind is behind you (tail wind):

• The wind will affect higher shots more so keep the ball low even when the wind is behind you.

• Use one less club for every 10 mph.

• Ball position more in the center of your stance.

• If you are hitting to a green, you can swing harder since this creates back spin and helps the ball stop quicker.

When the wind is a crosswind (left to right or right to left):

• If you want the ball to land softly, try to curve the ball in the opposite direction of the wind.

• If you want more distance, ride the wind by curving the shot in the same direction as the crosswind. Closing your stance can help.

The type of golf ball you use can reduce the winds affect on the ball. Playing with a low spin ball on a windy day might save you a few strokes.

I suggest practicing when the wind is blowing on the driving range and try some of these adjustments.

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at Pinecrest Golf Club. jean.golfdoctor.harris@gmail.com; golfdoctorjean.com