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Chet Steadman

Driving the ball into the wind with a higher clubhead speed

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I'm really good at controlling trajectory and spin with my irons in windy conditions (when I say windy I'm talking 20+ mph) but my driver is where I really struggle. I've looked around for tips but most of the articles I find are written for players with slower clubhead speeds. My clubhead speed on a smooth driver swing is right at 115mph.

Most of what I've seen says you want to tee the ball down a bit more and play it back of center. This just increases the spin on the ball though. I just end up hitting a giant sweeping draw when I play the ball like this. This works fine on a more open course where I can aim right to compensate but on a tight course, there often isn't enough room for me to compensate for the draw.

I'm just wondering what works for other lower handicap, higher clubhead speed players.

Thanks

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I've never seen anyone say "play the ball back of center" with your driver into the wind.

Play the ball forward, keep the handle forward a bit, and minimize the difference between loft and angle of attack.

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I've never seen anyone say "play the ball back of center" with your driver into the wind.

Play the ball forward, keep the handle forward a bit, and minimize the difference between loft and angle of attack.

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the suggestion. I'll give this a try the next time I'm out. This definitely makes more sense.

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I actually do play it a little back.... It keeps it like a BB and long.  I play it back just a hair, put my hands ahead (decreasing loft) and swing it.  It produces a nice low draw for me.

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