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Here in New Hampshire the wind can get pretty terrible this last month of the season, and knowing how to play the ball back in your stance can shave off a stroke here and there. Problem is, I feel the most comfortable playing the ball a little forward, increasing as I get to the long irons. Does anyone have any tips for playing the back in your stance, mentally or swing-wise?
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i think the reason people struggle a bit, me included, when it comes to playing the ball back in the stance is overcoming the physical and mental tendency to sway just a bit back to compensate.

for me, it goes like this...i'm trying to hit a low stinger with say a 6 iron...i'll place the ball about 1/2 a ball or 1 ball back in stance than how i'd normally do it. what i should do is just swing and aim as if the ball is in normal stance...instead, i put in some compensation move to try to hit the ball early...thus doing something funky like chunking it.

advice that worked for me - when at address, look 1 ball infront of the ball and swing as if you're hitting the ball at normal stance instead of looking at the ball sitting a bit back of normal stance.
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It is a "wrong" way ..... better is 1 club extra, ie. a 5i instead of a 6i, standard ball position, full swing, but less tempo=less backspin=lower flight ..... it is this simple.
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A tip that I found that really helped me.
Make sure when you follow through, you do like a 3/4 finsh, EG:
this is what I mean, this helps alot.

Also, I found pushing my hips forward though impact seems to help me.

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It is a "wrong" way ..... better is 1 club extra, ie. a 5i instead of a 6i, standard ball position, full swing, but less tempo=less backspin=lower flight ..... it is this simple.

This also works well to. Take 1 extra club and swing, but swing the club around 20% eaiser then you usually would, it lowers the backspin by a mile so the wind can't make the ball balllon as much.

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I agree with Gerald. You can practice this at the range. Club up one or two and aim for the same target. You will develop a feel for how much less to put into the swing. Also, remember the ball will roll more so adjust accordingly. A 1/2 swing 5 iron will still go a long way, but low.
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Don't!

You're a 25 handicap. Which do you think it going to make more difference: the difference between the wind's effect on a high trajectory vs. the wind's effect on a low trajectory, or the difference between striking the ball well and strking the ball poorly?

If the wind is in your face, take one more club. If the wind is REALLY in your face, take 3 more clubs. But for those of us who don't consistently execute a good swing and strike the ball well, doing things correctly to make a good swing and strike the ball well is infinitely more important than other considerations.

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It is a "wrong" way ..... better is 1 club extra, ie. a 5i instead of a 6i, standard ball position, full swing, but less tempo=less backspin=lower flight ..... it is this simple.

not sure i'd rule it ever as the "wrong" way. sometimes that particular shot is very useful.

recent par 5, tee'ed off with 3 wood to 260 yards or so... 250 yards to go with wind to my face but I'm confident I can get it on the green in two. I choke down just a bit and hit a low stinger straight at the green... wind doesn't effect it and the ball rolls right on green. of course your way is much simpler and doesn't require a 25 handicap to make changes to their stance and such, but for the more experienced, this particular shot is necessary.
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