I played golf yesterday at the beach, and to say it was windy was an understatement. The wind was howling, and the challenge made it a real sport.
My normal 6-iron goes about 175, and I found myself hitting 6-iron into the wind from 135 yards. The real key to keeping the shot on target was to keep it below the wind. Hence swing easy when it’s breezy.
If your ball shoots up at all in the wind, it will go miles off line. Not only did the low shot stay on line better, the smaller swing allows you to keep your balance much better in the wind.
Here’s how to get the job done:
First, take plenty of club and narrow your stance slightly. You do not need to move the ball back in your stance.
Second, make a swing similar to hitting a three-quarter wedge shot. You must allow yourself to follow through. If you cut off your follow-through, you will tend to push the ball, and it will fly too high. Picking the right club is not as hard as you may think. It’s more about keeping the trajectory down.
Next time you practice, take out your seven iron and practice hitting it 50 yards and then 75 and slowly move to your full swing. Once you are hitting full shots, bring it back. Start hitting it to the 100-yard target and then 75 and back down to 50 yards. Once you get a feel for it, start alternating distances. Hit your 7-iron to several different targets while you gain the feel for different distances.
The bonus is, not only will this dramatically improve your wind game it will improve your overall swing.
Enjoy your practice and embrace the sport next time the wind gets up.
I look forward to seeing you at the club!