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Club Selection for Wind play

post #1 of 6
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Question about club up/club down respectively for head wind/tail wind for approach shots: Do you club up the same clicks for a particular head wind speed as you would club down for the same amount of tail wind? Example: 150 yrds approach. Normal club 7 iron. If for a 15 mph head wind you go two clubs up (5 iron), would you also go down 2 clubs to a 9 iron for 15 mph tail wind or more or less? Ground slope equal for discussions sake.
Peronally I have experienced (genrally) I have to club up more (almost twice in most cases) than I would club down. Head wind hurts distance LOT more than tail wind helps distance.

Your experience opinions appreciated.

Thanks,
V
post #2 of 6

Just to bring this great video back to life

 

 

Usually it is 1-1.5 yard per 1 mph of wind for a headwind. 


Tailwind is a bit tougher, as the video shows that a tail wind will decrease the yardage only by half. Generally I would take it as somewhere from 0.5 to 1 yard per 1 mph of tailwind. 

 

I would say, just try to play or practice a few times in some windy conditions to get a feel for it. 

post #3 of 6

Yep. I've also noticed that with shorter irons, the effect of the wind is much less, and sometimes seems to beat the ball down and take some yardage off. Most of the time, I'd rather hit into a little wind than be hitting downwind, especially inside 100 yards.

post #4 of 6

I've stopped trying to "play the wind" and just make my usual choices and try to flight it a little lower. If it gets blown down or whatever I deal with it. For me it's more consistent than trying to guess what will happen. Seems like every time I club up or down I miss long and short. Here it changes direction quickly when it's gusting.

post #5 of 6
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Thanks, the video confirms what I usually experience.
post #6 of 6
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Dave,

Superceding wind effects happens a lot and mostly not by design.a3_biggrin.gif. Once I accumulated enough surprises over time I started clubbing up more for head wind and clubbing down less, this has been happening less. But yeah when in doubt just go with stock.

Thanks,
V
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