Playing In The Wind

By Tim Cusick

Playing In The Wind

I am going to talk about playing a shot into the wind. You can notice that my pants are moving pretty good, which means that the wind is coming into my face. When I have this situation I need to do a couple of things. Number one I need to go and take more club and I need to start making my swing smaller. I will put the ball just a little bit back in my stance. I have grabbed a couple of clubs. I know that this 5-iron is not in play right now so I am going to set up. I am going to put the ball a little bit back in my stance and I am going to make a smaller swing. Shoulder high to shoulder high and hold off my follow through a little bit to get it to get a lower trajectory. That type of follow through, ball position and backswing will give you a more boring flight. Remember, seven to 10 miles an hour is equal to one club length. 10 to fifteen miles an hour is equal to two club lengths, fifteen to 20 miles an hour is upwards to three club lengths of wind. Right now we are in about a two club situation. If you can gauge how much wind you feel is up there, choose a club accordingly, make a smaller swing, ball back in your stance, you can hit that low, boring, piercing shot into the wind that won't balloon on you. Try those things out and you will be more successful when you play in the wind.


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