Solid Advice on Hitting Approach Shots in the Wind

An approach shot is the shot which a golfer plays from the fairways into the greens, from a distance and it requires a full body swing. It is considered quite difficult to play by some golfers. Every time you play golf, you are bound to face such shots, which leave you lurking over how to tackle such shots. Not everyone is a master in golf. Low and high handicappers face similar situations which they do not know how to control. But, you do not have to allow such problems to turn a beautiful round into a failure. Use these tricks to overcome such problems.

During windy days, just be careful about the club selection. Take an extra club or may be two, so that you do not feel the urge to swing harder. When you face downwind, you may use a club that is lofted higher to make the ball ride the wind. When you hit shots like a downwind approach, the ball may not backspin normally. Such an approach makes the ball to roll and release more than usual after it reaches the ground.

Another tip on playing approach shots or complicated tee shots is to never focus your ball into problem. Take a risk-free line. The ball, which is displaced by the wind, should be finished forth from the trouble. The trouble may include a water peril or an inserted pin.

You may also like to follow these points while playing the short approach shots:

  1. Try to stay away from bunkers, if you are an amateur. You will reach home in two putts from a distance of 30 feet quite often than you will make it get up and down starting at a greenside bunker, close to the pin.
  2. Aim for long: The greens in most courses are defended by perils at the front. Decide which club would clear off any trouble and defend the green. Then you can carry an extra club. Giving a hit away from the pin is far better than giving a hit short into the peril.
  3. Fill the gaps: Almost all pitching wedges are made up of 44-48 degrees of loft. The loft is designed to drive the ball high in the air. The loft leaves a 30-yard break between the pitching wedge and the sand wedge. As a result, you will have to make occasional partial swings starting at 85-120 yards. Undermine the iron lofts or include a 52° break wedge so that you can get at easy full swings at the common distances.