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Playing in the Wind and Bad Weather


Here are some simple tips to HELP


YOU BATTLE THE WIND and SHOOT LOWER SCORES. A good player is always trying to control distance and trajectory. To control trajectory try these set-up adjustments on the range so you will feel more comfortable on the course and have an idea what your ball flight will look like.


1 Move the ball farther back in


your stance. Set your hands and shaft ahead


of the ball.


2 3


Choke down on the club.


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By Chris Bitticks, Poppy Ridge PGA Director of Golf and Jeff Hales, Poppy Ridge PGA Golf Professional and Golf Shop Manager


Playing in bad weather and high wind can be fun, but if you’re like most golfers you would rather have a nice, calm day. However, you have already made your tee time for your buddies or important clients and you notice a two-club wind on your way to the driving range.


Here are a couple more ideas to focus on to help KEEP THE BALL


DOWN and CONTROL YOUR TRAJECTORY. When it’s breezy swing easy. Good advice and it works. Club Selection—Take more club and swing slower. This will reduce spin and keep the flight lower. Make a shorter abbreviated swing. A shorter swing has less club head speed than a full swing. Less speed = Less spin. Ball Choice—Not a bad idea to play a ball that spins less. For instance


a Titleist Pro V1x spins less than an Pro V1 and a Bridgestone B330 spins less than a B330s. Aiming your shot—Pick a target or a spot in line with where you want to start your shot. Then focus on that target. If the last thing you look at is the flag, then that will become your target.


Make a shorter abbreviated back swing.


Move the ball farther back in your stance.


66 / NCGA.ORG / SPRING 2013


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