In handling strong cross winds, it is commonly believed working the ball back into the cross wind is the most effective way to straighten a golf shot out. This is often achieved by changing ones golf swing to hit draws and fades. Changing ones swing to play in cross winds is one method, however not the focus of this article.
**In order for this to method to be effective, one needs to consistently be returning the Club Path down the target line registering as close to zero as possible. With the help of TrackMan, I will illustrate how this method can help you.
In this shot, direct your attention towards two variables above. Club Path & Face Angle. Club Path registered 0.2 degrees, indicating a golf club which is traveling almost directly down the target line. Club Path then becomes a non variable for curvature of the golf shot. For this method to be effective, it is ideal for the player to ZERO the Club Path. The 3D Graphic Overlay of Club Path is represented by the blue line.
The 2nd variable of focus indicates a Face Angle of 4.3 degrees closed to the target line and presented by the red arrow on the 3D Graphic Overlay. This shot would commonly be diagnosed as a pull and the player will also perceive this shot to be a pull. However, the axis of this golf ball is titled left and it is hooking. For the sake of the title of this tip, we will call it a “pull.” The whole idea here is that if there had been a stiff left to right cross breeze this ball would have worked back right towards the target or not finished as far left.
When faced with a left to right cross wind simply line up at the flag, set the face slightly closed at address and try to zero the Club Path down the target line. This shut face (if returned the same at impact) will pull the Launch Direction of the shot left and tilt the Spin Axis of the golf ball left, reverse of the wind direction. This gives you the opportunity to hit the shot without changing your swing, making things simpler and much more manageable. THINK PULL. When faced with the opposite cross wind (right to left), aim at the flag, open the face slightly and try to zero the Club Path down the target line. This pushes the Launch Direction right and tilts the Spin Axis of the ball right, allowing the wind to then work the ball back left towards the hole. THINK PUSH.
**It is recommended to take note of how far the golf ball is traveling when using this method. Often times, the distance the golf ball is traveling is not consistent with a players stock yardages.