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Keep Control of your ball this winter with Mike Bristow

Following the blustery conditions we experienced this weekend, we felt our readers would benefit from a little tip, to help keep their golf ball under control when playing in the wind.

If there is only one thing you take away from this article let it be the mantra “Swing it easy, when it’s Breezy.”

When playing into the wind the key to success lies in a lower ball flight, which will be achieved by reducing the rate the golf ball spins. Spin creates lift and we certainly do not need to be creating lift when playing into the wind.

The players who get it done in the wind are the ones who don't try to fight it. They “Swing it easy, when it’s Breezy.”

So now for the technical stuff;

To achieve the components of a lower ball flight to combat those windy conditions here is what you need to know..

As you may have assumed from the mantra fast swings lead to  more spin, so the first thing to do will be to slow down your swing speed to around 75%, in doing so you will then have to use 2 clubs more as the reduction in swing speed will prevent you hitting your clubs their usual distances.

Set up

To play consistent golf shots stability is a vital factor , to ensure this is achieved when playing in the wind you should adopt a lower centre of gravity achieved by squatting a little bit more at address.

With this achieved, we can also influence the lower trajectory by moving the ball a little further back in the stance.

For a right handed player this will be closer to your right foot and for a left handed player closer to your left foot.

Swing thoughts

As we have already mentioned a fast swing will not produce the required shot, to be consistent in the wind we need a smooth repeatable swing.

To achieve this smooth swing make a three-quarter swing, and try to stay more "on top of" the ball. Feel like your nose is ahead of the ball at impact, and your right hip and shoulder stay high through the strike.

Finally when playing into the wind, the wind will exaggerate any curve in the flight of the ball. If you play a draw or fade, give the ball more room to turn.

Take these thoughts to the practice ground or the course and see how much more control you have over your golf ball.

If you would help with your game contact us on 02380 813434

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