How’d He Hit That: The Wind-Cheating Drive

Josh Kelley

Josh Kelley

SwingU Instructor

Welcome to this week’s episode of How’d He Hit That? where every week we take a look at an unbelievable golf shot and help you to learn how you can use that shot in your game.

This week, SwingU instructor Josh Kelley takes on a very important shot for players who play in windy areas or those who are using to take advantage of firm and fast fairways to gain more distance. 

Last week at the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia, we saw a lot of players trying to figure out ways to get the most out of their drives off the tee despite some heavy winds. The conditions at the Australian course allowed for players to use the ground to mitigate their distances losses.

When you’re trying to hit that wind-cheater, there are a few things that you’ll want to do that are different from your normal driver setup. First of all, you’re going to want to the tee the ball down lower to promote that lower trajectory.

Secondly, you’re going to want to move the ball back in your stance, once again an adjustment that is aimed at keeping the ball low off the tee as you won’t be swinging as much up on the ball as you normally would. Similarly, you’ll want to adjust your shoulder tilt to be more level to the ground to encourage more of a 3-wood swing.

Finally, you’ll want to swing more around your body with this shot. This feeling will help you to keep the clubface square and promote a lower and more penetrating ball flight. 

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