How Does Humidity Affect Your Golf Game?

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
6/11/2012 8:42:55 AM

Unlike fishing, where your best chances for success occur when the sky is overcast and the pressure is low, golfers' best days are warm, humid and sunny.

While the difference isn't very significant, the ball will fly though the air with greater ease when it isn't as dense. Hot, humid air is less dense than cool, dry air associated with low pressure systems.

With conditions like that, it's no wonder why these golfers are smiling. Photo courtesy of Lower Columbia College's charity golf marathon.

The difference can be felt even greater at higher elevations where the air is thinner. When air is less dense there is less lag on the ball, allowing it to travel farther.

Of course, the impact on your game in better weather could even be less scientific than that.

"People will generally feel better being outside with sunny skies and good temperatures than they will be when it's 45 degrees and rainy," said AccuWeather meteorologist Mark Paquette.

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