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Quick Tips: Golfing in the Wind

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Whether you're playing competitively or socially, you're bound to run into challenging elements from Mother Nature from time to time.
The next time you step on the course and the wind is whipping, try some of the tips below to help you manage things just a little bit easier.
When hitting into the wind:
  • Take more club: Don't be afraid to go one or even two or three clubs up. The worst thing you can do is swing harder so more club, less loft, is your friend.
  • Grip down on the club, make a shorter backswing: Again, making too big of a swing will destroy your chances of hitting the golf ball the proper distance. Control is essential.
  • Move the ball back in your stance: flighting the ball lower and making more a more controlled swing will give you the best chance of achieving your desired distance with the shot at hand.
When hitting with the wind behind you:
  • Remember that the wind will actually affect the higher shots the most - so short iron shots may show more effect than the longer irons.
  • Controlling distance with your irons means you may still want a lower ball flight.
  • It will be harder to stop your shot so play the rollout when determining distance.
Hitting into a crosswind:
  • If you can work the ball in directions, you want to work the ball INTO the wind.
  • If you can't, obviously adjust your aim accordingly with the direction of the wind.
  • A controlled, on balance swing is still the best swing for you.
  • Flighting the ball lower will still be an advantage for you.
Obviously, there's many variables that go into playing a shot in strong wind. But these tips should give you a solid foundation and a better chance for a good golf shot. Playing in strong wind is never easy, but if you remember these pointers and keep your poise, you'll have a better chance than others who try to overpower the wind regardless of how it's blowing.
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