Tips for Golfing in the Wind (Without Losing Your Patience)

By Paul Marchand

Welcome to Texas, I have about a fifteen mile an hour wind that I am playing in today. For us in our part of the country, and perhaps in your part of the country, it is blowing on a regular basis in the wintertime. Playing in the wind is an essential part of knowing and playing golf. It is a game that is played outside, the natural elements of the day are very much a part of the game.

How to Aim Your Shot on a Windy Day

A student and friend of mine, Fred Couples, is a player that enjoys it when it is windy. For him, he feels like it is going to screw up other players, I have heard him say that, and it really makes him focus on the shot. It is an addition to the creative process if golf. Creating the shot is much of the fun of the game.

I have a very good par-3 here today, it is 174 yards to the flagstick. The wind is blowing slightly left to right but very much downwind. I have water on the right, I have a couple of pretty significant bunkers, one in front, one on the left. There are a couple of adjustments that I am going to make because of the wind.

Pick the Right Club for Hitting in the Wind

Obviously I am going to need to figure out the yardage first, I think that that is the first thing to think of. It is 174 yards and it is really a club and a half almost two clubs of wind, so I am going to use a 7-iron. The key to picking the right club is that I want to use a club that I can hit it solid with. If I do not hit it solid the wind is going to accentuate any kind of spin. It can knock the ball down, it is going to make it go a lot more to the right if it has fade spin on it.

Shaping Your Shot in the Wind

I am going to know my particular shot shape and I am going to factor that into the line that I am going to pick and I am trying to play this smart. Since the wind is a little left to right and there is water to the right I am going to give myself a little room to the left. So in the wind I have to be particularly thoughtful about where I am starting the ball and picking the right club. Again the most important thing about wind is and attitude. It is nature it is part of the game let's enjoy it. It is the creative process. So pick a club that is going to allow you to hit it solid and enjoy the creation of your shot.


Category: Wind
Sub Categories: Course Strategy, Psychology

About the Instructor

Paul Marchand
Paul Marchand
Shadow Hawk Golf Club
12900 FM 1464
Richmond, TX 77469