3 Simple Golf Swing Tips for Windy Conditions

Updated: February 9, 2011

3 Simple Golf Swing Tips for Windy Conditions

windy conditions 300x225 photoOne condition all golfers deal with is windy conditions.  Because the wind changes directions from hole to hole you never really know what to expect.

There are 3 simple golf swing tips that you can use in windy conditions that will help you improve the way you play.

Dealing with continuously changing windy conditions can be troublesome, but there are ways to tame the wind.

I grew up playing golf in northern Ohio.  My biggest challenge back then was avoiding the trees and having to deal with hills. There were times that where the wind added to the challenge, but the trees helped to reduce the effect.

When I relocated to Florida I found out what playing in windy conditions was really all about. My normal high trajectory shots didn’t fit well with the open golf course designs. I discovered that when you live near the ocean, there is almost always going to be faced with windy conditions.

Let me share 3 simple golf swing tips for windy conditions

Play it Low and Avoid the Wind – you may consider this as something that everyone should know, but unless you have been faced with a 25 mile an hour wind in your face, you won’t understand how important this really is.

Adjust your approach by choking down on your club about a half an inch.  Change your swing by using a shorter follow thru. This is similar to playing a punch shot to get out from under trees. You will want to play more club, how much more will depend on distance and the strength of the wind.

Club Selection is Key – When you are faced with a long par 4 or par 5, it is hard not to pull out the driver when you are teeing off.  Naturally, you want to get as much as you can out of your tee shot. When you are faced with a strong wind you may want to rethink that approach. The driver may not be the best choice of club to use.

The first thing you have to be concerned with is keeping your ball in the fairway.  The thing you have to remember is that if your shot is going to be affected by the wind.  If you fade or hook the ball, the wind will exaggerate it and there is no telling where you might end up.

Use the Wind to Your Advantage – during your round the wind will be blowing in different directions.  Take the time to get a feel for the wind direction.

When you are playing into the wind, you need to play more club than normal. It is normal to underestimate how strong the wind is and how it will affect the flight of the ball. Try playing one more club than you believe you are going to need.

Choke down a bit on the club and shorten your follow thru. Whatever you do, don’t swing harder than normal.  This will lead to trouble.

On those holes where the wind is to your back, tee it up high and give a good whack off the tee.  Otherwise, play on using less club and this will depend on distance and wind strength.

In either case, most amateur golfers never seem to take into account just how much the wind can affect the ball.

Take the challenge out of playing in the wind when you use these 3 simple golf swing tips.

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One Comment

  1. Troy Vayanos

    February 10, 2011 at 15:37

    Excellent Post

    The key also is to maintain your balance. Keeping your tempo and not trying to the hit the ball harder because of the conditions. Also playing the ball a fraction further back in your stance to get more of a lower ball flight.


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