Playing in the Wind

/ By Jordan Vogler, Content Specialist

Growing up in North Carolina and playing countless events across the state, controlling your ball in the wind is critical to playing good golf. With wind gusts upwards of 30mph you have to learn how to control trajectory and think through every shot. Not only will the wind affect distance but also the amount the ball curves. 

In order to hit the ball lower, most players are taught to adjust their ball position by moving it to the trail foot. However, one issue could arise. When the ball placement is back there will be a steeper attack angle causing the ball to spin more. The easiest way to hit the ball lower while keeping the same ball position is to use a longer club and swing with a 3/4 swing. This technique allows you to hit the ball lower when hitting into the wind while not changing anything in your setup. 

Hitting into a cross wind can be a bit more challenging. The ball will have excess curvature. When using the SkyTrak practice range, change the wind setting from East to West and see how the curvature is affected in a 20mph wind.

Practice Settings
Playing in the Wind

Give the ball more room to curve. Most recreational players will aim at the hole and the ball will curve away from the hole, missing the green. You will have to adjust your setup to account for the wind direction, but most importantly use a controlled swing! Swinging hard will cause the ball to spin more, which is no good when playing in wind. Using a controlled, smooth swing allows you to have a more consistent strike. 

Finally, don’t get frustrated. Playing in the wind will make golf more challenging. Keeping your emotions under control and accepting that some shots will turn out worse than normal will allow you to play your best while dealing with the challenging conditions.