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Adjusting for the Wind in Golf
 

Adjusting for the Wind in Golf

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Adjusting for the wind is an important aspect in becoming a better golfer. This quick presentation gives some quick tips to help you adjust for the wind better while golfing.

Adjusting for the wind is an important aspect in becoming a better golfer. This quick presentation gives some quick tips to help you adjust for the wind better while golfing.

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    • Adjusting For the Wind in Golf
    • One very challenging aspect of golf occurs when playing on windy days. This is because you need to constantly adjust for the wind if you want any success from your shots. As a result, the ball is going to be subject to natural forces, and its in-flight direction will be highly influenced by the wind. Thus, you will need to adjust for the wind while delivering your swings.
    • Resistance & Drag: The Two Main Forces
    • The two main forces that affect a ball driving into a blowing wind are resistance and drag. A ball with the wind directly behind it may be accelerated further than required. Wind can affect your shot either to the right or to the left side. This motion might not oppose the direct flight of the ball directly, but it will reduce its speed due to drag.
    • However, the effects here depend mainly on the wind speed and the ball speed. Here are some tips that can help with adjusting for the wind for excellent results when playing golf in such situations.
    • Do Not Swing the Club Too Hard
    • When playing into strong winds that oppose the direction of the ball, most golfers tend to swing harder, but this does not always produce the best results. Striking the ball harder than normal generates more spin off the club face and this spin, coupled with strong winds causes the ball to balloon into the air; in effect reducing the distance traveled. The best way of adjusting for the wind in this case is to focus on getting a slightly hard, but smooth and controlled swing.
    • Consider Sideways Wind Directions
    • A tailwind straightens out curved shots. Avoid aiming far away from the target because a tailwind will keep the ball in the air longer and tends to make it roll longer after touching the ground. Achieving a low flying shot is ideal when playing into a strong wind. This can be done by hitting the ball lower than normal. This allows the ball to be hit on the lowest possible portion of the clubface and can lead to a lower ball flight. Hence, golfers get a better shot with less wind influence.
    • Hit an Extra Club or Two for Yardage
    • On a windy day, it is expected that you will lose a little on yardage. This can be compensated for by hitting an extra ball or two. In a headwind, take one extra club for every 10 mph of draft. For instance, a golfer that usually hits a 8-iron 150 yards will need less-iron to hit into 20 mph gust.
    • With some basic knowledge on how the wind affects a ball in flight, golfers can cope with adjusting for the wind with excellent results. Always keep in mind the distance the ball needs to travel and the wind direction in relation to the ball. Under same windy conditions, the correction required to be made on a 100 yard pitch shot will definitely be less than if you are making a 250 yard driver shot.
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