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Playing Into The Wind

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Jul 17, 2018 10:22:35 AM

Hey, golfers -- hope all is well!

With the OPEN Championship right around the corner, I’d like to spend some time sharing how to play your best golf in dry, windy conditions.

Let's start at the tee box with a roaring wind rushing into your face. Hint: the driver is not always the play! There. I said it. Many club companies are developing driving irons, and strong lofted driving metals, to help increase ball speeds and decrease spin and loft. 

Back to the box: we are first going to talk about the Tiger Stinger with an iron off of the tee. Ideally, you want to use a 2, 3, or 4 iron to get the highest club and ball speeds.

  1. Ball placement is slightly behind center
  2. Stance is somewhat open. (For a right-hander drop your left foot)
  3. Press hands somewhat forward at address
  4. Drive the club down onto the golf ball with a 3/4 low finish
I worked with Anthony from Canada on this method, and he now has a new shot in the bag! Send me a video at @ryancerxleben on Instagram or via email: ryan@optishotgolf.com and we’ll get you dialed in off the tee!

Now that we have played a low runner off of the tee it's time to hit our second shot into the green. Here’s the great news … we play the same shot! If you have 160yds in and your stock club for that distance is a 7 iron, I recommend jumping up two clubs to a 5 iron to execute a knockdown.

  1. Ball placement is slightly behind center
  2. Stance is somewhat open. (For a right-hander drop your left foot)
  3. Press hands slightly forward at address
  4. Drive the club down onto the golf ball with a 3/4 low finish
As you’re planning this shot, remember it's windy and dry, so the ball is going to roll out. Plan to have 10-15yds worth of roll based on the ground conditions and adjust accordingly.

Now we’ve made it to the green, and we’ve come up short. We now need to hit a 10yd pitch shot. Normally you would go grab your 5 6 wedge. Not this time. Grab your pitching wedge or putter. The wind has a significant effect on full swing shots but also plays a massive role into the results of short chips and pitches. Keep that ball low, out of the wind, and let it roll. This shot is called the old school bump and run.

  1. The ball placement is off of the trail toe
  2. Keep the lower body still
  3. A slight hinge of the wrists
  4. Drop that club on the ball of the ball and hit it like a putt
I hope these tips have you hitting better golf shots, and lowering those scores in the wind!

Next up: the PGA heads to Carnoustie for THE OPEN Challenge! (For those of you that own an OptiShot, a familiar course is now available and will have you playing alongside the pros in Scotland.)

Want to stay up-to-date? Follow @ryancerxleben and @optishotgolf on Instagram to keep in touch.

Cheers!
- Ryan

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