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Golf Article - Tips for Golfing on a Windy Day


The weather won't always be perfect when you play golf, so if it's windy, think of it as a challenge. One of the most challenging will be when you have to play in a crosswind. A crosswind will not only magnify any spin, but it will reduce distance too. If you are aiming for the green and want the ball to land softly, try and curve it slightly into the wind.

However, if your objective is the opposite – you want more distance and a longer roll – use the wind to your advantage by curving your shot in the same direction. Starting on the windward side of the tee box will help you use the wind to your advantage. A knockdown shot can be a great one to play in a headwind. Champion Australian golfer Greg Norman's favorite saying is "Swing with ease into the breeze." This just about sums up how to play a headwind to your advantage. Play in such a way as to decrease your trajectory.


To do this, tee the ball up 3-4 inches further back in our stance. This will lessen the impact that the wind has on the ball and give you extra control. Shorten your grip and play more conservatively to decrease the height of the ball and keep it out of the wind as much as possible. On wood shots, lower your center of gravity by widening your stance to achieve better balance.

If you are lucky enough to have a tail wind, remember that you will not need as big a swing again, because the wind will take your ball, increasing both fly and roll. You shot will travel straighter in a tail wind too. If distance is your goal, play the ball forward and hit it higher, but remember to allow for the extra roll. Start by teeing the ball higher, then use a 3-wood instead of a driver because it has more lift and you'll get a better trajectory to make use of the wind.

The most important thing to do is to hit the ball solidly. If you mis-hit, any spin on the ball will be magnified greatly in all kinds of wind. Never compensate for windy conditions by swinging harder and faster, even though this seems to be a natural reaction. Remember that playing with the wind will increase speed and roll, while playing against it will decrease both.


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