Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 587 - Wed. December 11th, 2019
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Tom's Featured Tip: Wind Shots
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Tom's Featured Tip: Wind Shots

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Here are a few thoughts on what to do when you play on a windy day.

The first (obvious) thing you need to do is determine the wind direction. I usually toss a few blades of grass into the air and see how the wind is blowing where I'm standing. Next, I look at any tree tops near where I am to see if that direction looks to be the same.

If there's a difference, go with the tree tops, it will have the most affect on your ball flight.

Once you have determined the wind direction, here's how to play your shot.
  1. Wind At Your Back

    A strong wind at your back can add yards to your ball flight, but plan your swing well. Stay steady, don't overswing, go for a solid shot. You should try to hit a more lofted shot than normal, and plan for more rollout after it lands. Think: TRY to hit high. If you normally play a draw or a fade, remember that it will curve less with the wind at your back, so choose your starting aimline accordingly.

  2. Wind In Your Face

    When the wind is in your face you need a lower ball flight than normal to keep the ball from balooning and losing distance. Take an extra club or two, choke down, move the ball back in your stance. Make a solid but contolled 3/4 swing, and Think: TRY to hit it low. This will lower the trajectory of your launch and reduce the ball spin rate, which will decrease the impact the wind will have on it.

  3. Side Wind

    Try to hit a slightly lower than normal trajectory shot by taking an extra club, and playing the ball a bit further back in your stance, about 1/2" further back than normal. Make a solid but contolled 3/4 swing. Think: TRY to "drive" the ball through the wind.

    The bigger challenge with a side wind is where to aim. I usually try to hit it straight and low, with my aimpoint adjusted for the wind direction. If that means hitting the ball over water or another type of hazard, don't try it unless you are a highly skilled player. Instead, take a conservative aimline and just accept the result. Become a great putter, and this pill will be less hard to swallow. Don't take an aimline that will get you in trouble in case the wind dies down when your ball is in the air.
I'm sure you noticed that I told you to Think a certain thought in each of these wind situations. Research has proven that if you actually TRY to consciously do something with the club to create a result, that it greatly increases your chances of pulling it off.


In general, a conservative approach to a wind shot will yield a better result than trying a career shot. Don't turn a par or bogey situatuion into a double bogey.

Try it, you'll like it.


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Tom Tucker
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