Bob McDonald discusses how to not get frustrated when playing in windy conditions.
This month I am giving you a few
simple rules that will help you improve your game when you play in a wind.
If its Breezy, Swing it Easy. To keep the ball from “ballooning” up into the air in the wind, is you must SWING SOFTER to reduce the amount of spin you put on it.
The harder you hit the ball the more spin you apply therefore the higher it goes.
Take more club. If only a light breeze, take one club larger. If wind stiff, take two clubs stronger. If wind is heavy, three clubs stronger and so on. Finally - don't take risks. Knowing when to cut your losses and back off can be a hard thing for golfers to learn. If you are playing in a strong wind don't be afraid of laying up rather than being exposed to the wind. If you get into trouble take your medicine and move on.
Use these tips the next time you play in the wind and you should find your bad shots are reduced.
↑ 01-02: STAND IN CLOSER AND TALLER
Get in closer to the ball and have your hands higher. Lean more pressure onto your front foot and have your left shoulder lower than normal. Your sternum should be ‘on top of' the ball or a fraction ahead. Hands should be level with and ‘on top of' the ball.
↑ 03: GRIP DOWN THE SHAFT
My rule of thumb is in a strong wind I will hit a “Knock down” little 8iron or 7, instead of a full Wedge where there is no wind. I grip the 7 or 8 down to the length of a Wedge.