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Mark My Words

October 03, 2012

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Mark My Words By Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction, Old Palm Golf Club For many golfers, even a slight wind can cause problems. When the wind blows, golfers commonly lose their tempo and swing too quickly or jerkily. Sometimes, they even try to overpower the wind, which you simply cannot do. Here are a few adjustments you can make to play better in the wind: Think 2 x 2 x 2 — a formula that will help you consistently hit a knock down shot with a lower ball flight. The first two is to grip down 2 inches. This shortens the length of the club and stiffens the shaft, allowing you to hit lower shots that bore through the wind. The second two is to move the ball back in your stance 2 inches. So if you normally play ball in center of body, move it 2 inches toward your back foot. The third two is to open your body 2 inches by flaring out your forward foot. This squares your shoulders to the line of play, shortens your backswing, and allows your weight to move forward, so you hit the ball lower. These adjustments allow you to create a ¾ golf swing and control the length of your swing without changing your tempo. Just make the changes and play the wind.  


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