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Mastering the Art of Judging Distance in the Wind

Updated: Jul 2

Hi friends and golfers! My name is Coach Erik of EJS Golf Academy in Scottsdale, AZ. My academy is located at McCormick Ranch G.C. I'm here to share valuable insights on calculating distance in the wind. Mastering this skill can greatly improve your accuracy on the golf course. If you're tired of relying on guesswork, join me as I guide you through the art of judging distance in windy conditions.

In the world of golf, accuracy is key. When it comes to calculating distance in the wind, relying on guesswork and estimation will only lead to inconsistent results. To truly enhance your game, it's essential to develop the skills to judge distance accurately, even in challenging windy conditions. As an elite golf coach to some of the best players in the world that rely on accuracy for a living, understanding the importance of mastering this art, and we're here to guide you through the process.

Determining the wind's direction is the first step to accurately judging distance. While it may seem simple in theory, it can be quite challenging in practice, particularly on tree-lined courses where the wind tends to swirl at ground level. But fret not, as there are clever strategies to overcome this challenge.

Driver trajectory with and without wind

Instead of focusing solely on ground-level indicators, such as the flag's direction, shift your attention upward. Look to the clouds and observe how the top of the trees is moving. These visual cues provide valuable insights into the wind's true direction. By analyzing them, you can make more informed decisions for each shot, taking into account the wind's impact on your ball's trajectory.

Once you've determined the wind direction, it's time to calculate the adjustments needed for headwinds and tailwinds. When facing a headwind, a useful rule of thumb is to add 1% to your shot distance for every 1mph of headwind. For example, if you're attempting a 100-yard shot into a 5mph headwind, the adjusted distance would be 105 yards. Similarly, a 200-yard shot into the same 5mph headwind would become 210 yards.

On the other hand, playing with a tailwind requires a different calculation. It's recommended to use 0.5% for every 1mph of tailwind. Let's say you're facing a 5mph tailwind on a 100-yard shot. Adjusting for the tailwind, the shot distance would become 98 yards. Similarly, a 200-yard shot with the same tailwind would be adjusted to 195 yards.

Tailwind and Headwind Chart  for golf

It's important to note that wind conditions can also influence shot shape. If your shot aligns with the wind's direction, the ball will travel farther. However, this may not always be beneficial, especially for good ball-strikers aiming for precise distance control. For these players, shaping the ball back into the wind often yields better results. It creates a softer ball flight that lands more gently and stops faster, enhancing distance control and accuracy.

At EJS Golf, I am passionate about helping golfers of all skill levels elevate their golf game. I am dedicated to providing comprehensive instruction tailored to your specific needs. Whether you're interested in Scottsdale golf lessons or prefer the convenience of online instruction, we have you covered. Our goal is to help you unlock your true potential and achieve lower scores on the course.

To take the next step in your golfing journey, visit our website at Discover the full range of our services and start your path to success today. Don't let the wind be a hindrance on the golf course—let us equip you with the knowledge and skills to confidently judge distance in any condition. Together, let's elevate your game and make every shot count.

Thank you for choosing EJS Golf Academy, where your success is our top priority.

Please let me know if there's anything else I can assist you with!

Erik Schjolberg

EJS Golf Academy

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