How to Drive the Ball with the Wind Behind You

By Steve Silverman

There are certain times that a golfer finds that all circumstances are in his favor. One of those times is when you get an opportunity to tee off and the wind is behind you. Perhaps you are a golfer who can hit the ball 250 yards under normal circumstances. But with a strong wind behind you, you may be able to approach 300 yards. Here's how to take advantage of the elements.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Tee the ball up high. A normal golf tee is 3/4 inch tall. Extra large tees are 1 1/2 inches tall. By teeing the ball up high, the ball will get up into the air quicker and travel further.
Step 2
Square yourself to the ball. Your left shoulder is facing directly at the target and your left foot should be directly underneath the left shoulder. This will square you to the target.
Step 3
Play the ball about two ball lengths closer to your front leg than your back leg. This will enable you to catch the ball on the upswing and get the ball up in the air. Because the wind is blowing directly behind you, you should get extra distance on your drive.
Step 4
Turn your left foot slightly toward the target before you begin your backswing. You are not necessarily going to swing harder because you have the wind at your back, but you are going to get everything out of your hip and shoulder turn that you can. Turning your front foot to the target will help you turn.
Step 5
Come through the ball with your hip turn as quickly as you can. You are not swinging harder, but you are making sure your hip turn has more purpose and that your shoulders and arms will follow. By staying down on the ball and not picking up your head, you will get maximum distance on your shot.

Tips & Warnings

Hold the club firmly, but do not squeeze it tight. You want a full hip turn and shoulder turn. Squeezing the club too tightly will prevent you from getting the turn you want.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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