How to Hit Driver into the Wind
Move the ball back to sting it low
By Gary Wiren
TOP 100 TEACHER
This story is for you if...
• You don't create much power on tee shots
• Tee shots into the wind are disasters for you
• You think the trick is to just swing harder
The problem You're a short hitter to begin with, and now you face a drive into a stiff wind.
The solution Make a simple ball-position change and keep the tempo of your swing the same. For a typical drive, you should play the ball off your left armpit. To keep the ball low into the wind, move the ball back so you're playing it off your left chest, or the logo on your shirt. One final adjustment: forward-press your hands slightly toward the target to slightly hood the clubface. Now you're in business. Just don't try to kill the ball—the old line about "when it's breezy, swing easy" does hold true.
2 of 3Angus Murray
SET UP FOR A NORMAL DRIVE WITH...
A Your hands and the clubshaft even with the inside of your left thigh.
B The clubhead soled flat on the ground for a normal amount of loft.
C The ball positioned off your left armpit so you catch it slightly on the upswing.
3 of 3Angus Murray
SET UP FOR A LOW DRIVE WITH...
A Your hands and the clubshaft even with the center of your left thigh.
B The clubhead slightly hooded, to ensure a lower ball flight.
C The ball positioned off your left chest or the logo on your shirt.
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