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Is there a set formula for determing the impact of wind on club selection, i.e. is there a wind speed that equates to a club selection higher or lower depending on it's direction? Also if there is a cross-wind should I adjust for it in my address or target I should set for the shot, assuming I can't time the gusts properly?

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well, at a 36 handicap you are probably not working the ball. since you are lefty like me lets say you have a left to right cross wind. there are 2 ways to go about it, you either play for the wind and hang it out left and hopefully the wind will bring it back or you cut it into the wind. vice versa for a right to left wind. when the wind is from behind its usually in order to hit less club and to hit more club when the wind is toward you. there is no formula tho, it is just judgment and it depends the kind of shot you want to hit. But if you are in fact a 36 handicap, the best thing would be to play the wind and just focus on solid contact. I wouldnt recommend getting cute and trying to work the ball into the wind.

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I can't work the ball so depending on how much wind, if it is enough to take my hat off...Into the wind and cross winds - swing easy and hit it low. I aim just a little bit to the direction it's coming from and swing easy using my 3 hybrid or 3 wood. I hit both of these very low. I get decent distance and the wind doesn't take my ball to places I do not want it to go.

Wind behind: Driver and let it rip. I've read that the high driver isn't the best way to play this but it works for me.

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well, at a 36 handicap you are probably not working the ball...But if you are in fact a 36 handicap, the best thing would be to play the wind and just focus on solid contact. I wouldnt recommend getting cute and trying to work the ball into the wind.

I'm at least a 36, read that's the highest allowed or I'd have posted higher. To be more specific, does a 15 mph wind at your back warrant using a higher club and if in your face a lower club. Up to what speed should the wind not even be considered in club selection or targeting?

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15 mh into the wind would be between 1 and 1 1/2 clubs for most people. With the wind wll be affected more with short irons, woods and longer irons will benefit but the wind will tend to knock the ball down a little and you will get extra roll, maybe an exta 1/2 club in firm conditions. People with high ball flights have more variation.

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Well into the wind I club up usually by one club and play a knock down shot; cross wind I play the wind by still playing it low hold the release and flip it through to get a little extra spin; wind to the back is awesome, club down and work your magic.

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IMO the only way to know is hit the course or range during some windy conditions. Today I played hole #1 at my home course DR, 5i into 20 mph headwind. I didn't hit a solid drive which the wind knocked down. I usually play it DR, PW or 9i. Hole #5 was playing downwind I hit DR and had a 50 yard pitch. I usually hit DR, GW or PW, which means I got approx. 60-70 more yards with the tail wind.

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