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Putting in the Wind!

Putting in the Wind!

Today is March 20th, 2018 and we present Putting in the Wind!  Trouble Shot Tuesday #80. A Golf Video Blog by Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School in Pawleys Island, SC.

Putting in the Wind!

While thinking about what tip I was going to do for our Trouble Shot Tuesday I noticed that it was an extremely windy day.  This reminded me of a round of golf I played in Ireland back in about 2013 while taking a group of students over there for a golfing vacation.  We played at the European Club, a tough course on any day.  But this day was extremely windy and I took a page from European Tour player Padraig Harrington’s book. I widened my stance, locked my knees and kept my putting stroke really small.  This allowed me to keep my body steady in the wind and I was able to score very well that day.

The Method.

Widen your stance to about twice the normal width.  Lock your knees and crouch down more, giving a lot more stability to your body in the strong wind.  Then make sure you keep your putting stroke compact.  This method will help keep unnecessary movement to a minimum. Focus on the tempo of your stroke.  The buffeting wind will tend to make you rush your shots.  

Also, take into account that the roll of the ball will be affected by the wind.  Downwind putts will be a lot faster and into the wind will be a lot slower.  Pay particular attention to cross-wind shots as these are the most difficult. It is an educated guess as to how much the wind will affect the putt, but pay attention to each putt as you can use that information for the rest of the round.

 

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

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