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Use these simple tips to help you play better in the wind and improve your score. If you’re still having trouble, see your local PGA professional and take a lesson on hitting the ball lower and controlling trajectory.


Crosswinds always add to the misdirection of your shot. Aim farther left or right.


In quartering or gusting winds, your best target is the middle of the green.


Different Types of Wind Conditions 1 Into the Wind—Playing into


the wind can affect your shot in many ways. The most obvious is that the ball will travel a shorter distance. Also, the shape of your shot is affected. Draws can turn into hooks and fades turn into slices. Crosswind—Crosswinds always


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add to the misdirection of your shot. When aiming into a crosswind always plan on the ball moving more than you expect. So aim farther left or right. Good players can change the effect of the wind by drawing or fading the ball into the wind. Simply let the wind straighten your ball flight. Downwind—Downwind can be the least understood wind of all. On many occasions a high shot can get blown down by the wind, causing the ball to come up short. Sometimes lowering your ball flight will give you better distance control downwind.


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4 Quartering Wind—Quartering


winds also require paying more attention to aiming the shot. We always believe your best target is the middle of the green from back to front and the middle of the green right to left.


5 Gusting Wind—Gusting winds


cause more problems because of the difficulty of hitting your shot the correct distance. Again, play safe and pick your distance to the middle of the green. The first three winds are the easiest to play in because they are predictable. The winds that cut across your target lines at 45-degree angles are difficult. When faced with windy conditions during your round it is always better to pick bigger landing zones and play the ball lower to the ground.


Here’s a list for inclement weather gear to keep in the golf bag or bring to the course on a bad day.


1. Thermal Shirt 2. Rain Pants/Jacket 3. Rain Gloves 4. Rain Hat/Beanie Hat 5. Hand Warmers 6. Cart Mitts 7. Umbrella 8. Extra Towel


JEFF and CHRIS are available for lessons. Contact them by calling 925/456-8202 or by email, jhales@poppyridgegolf.com or cbitticks@poppyridgegolf.com.


SPRING 2013 / NCGA.ORG / 67


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