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Hey golfers, I'm PGA Teaching Professional Todd Kolb with About.com. We're going to talk about playing shots in the wind.If we play any golf at all, eventually we're going to be playing sometimes when there's quite a bit of wind. So we're going to need to know how to play some of these shots, and I want to give you a few recommendations that will help you enjoy the round and get the most out of your day when you're in one of those windy day conditions.The first thing is club selection. Any time you're hitting a shot into the wind, you always want to grab a club with less loft than you might normally grab for the shot that's called. So, if I would normally—from 150 yards—hit a 7 iron, and it's really windy, I'm going to go ahead and grab my 6 iron, which has a little bit less loft and is going to generally allow the ball to travel a little bit further. So when you're playing shots into the wind, you always want to grab a little bit more club than you would normally grab.You also want to smooth your swing out. The old phrase of “swing easy when it's breezy” is true. You want to slow your swing down a little bit, which will bring the ball flight down and allow it to go through the wind a little bit. In terms of the technique hitting shots into the wind, the only real recommendation I'm going to make is one; I like to choke down on the club a little bit—I would move my hands down slightly—and then also I would move the ball back in my stance a little bit. Both of these things will allow me to hit the ball a little bit lower.If you're playing shots down wind, of course, you want to just the opposite. You want to grab a club with a little bit more loft than you would normally grab, but once again I'm going to recommend that you make a swing that's relatively easy. Sometimes when we get down wind, we try to overpower the shot, and we can therefore kind of get the ball going off line.
When you're hitting a shot where the wind is blowing from right to left—assuming once again that you're a right-handed golfer—you simply want to make sure and pick a target that allows for the wind to move the golf ball. Now, more advanced players might be able to maneuver the golf ball into the wind, but that is something that is certainly beyond the scope of most golfers. The simple recommendation is to pick a target out that allows the ball to curve in, work with the wind, and eventually finish at the target. The same, of course, would be true if the wind was blowing the opposite direction, or left to right. You're going to want to pick a target out a little left of the pin so that naturally the wind will bring it back toward the target.So once again—when you're playing shots in windy conditions—when you're going into the wind, grab a little bit more club with less loft and swing a little bit easy. When you're going down wind, grab a club with a little bit more loft than you normally would. And when the wind is blowing from one of the sides, be sure to pick out a target that allows the ball to work with the wind and eventually finish at the pin.
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