Playing in the Wind

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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Round Three

Against The Wind

Playing into the wind will typically decrease distance and increase spin. This creates a shot that will go shorter and stop sooner than a usual shot. Playing into the wind will also in magnify certain shots. For example, a cut may turn into a slice or a draw may turn into a hook.

Strategies for playing against the wind involve…

  • Moving the ball back in the stance to create a lower trajectory
  • Playing a stronger club to compensate for the lost distance
  • During the forward swing make sure your hands are well ahead of the ball at impact to create lower trajectory

With The Wind

Playing with the wind with typically increase distance and decrease spin. This creates a shot that will go further and roll farther than a usual shot. Playing with the wind also make it harder to curve the ball. A typical cut or draw may go straight instead of curving at all.

Strategies with for playing with the wind involve…

  • Playing a weaker club to compensate for the gained distance
  • Land your approach shots shorter than usual to compensate for less spin
  • While hitting off the tee, tee the ball higher and stay behind the ball through the shot to increase the trajectory to maximize on gained distance