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How Wind Affects Your Golf Game

Because any long- or medium-range shots that you hit in golf send the ball flying into the air, wind can significantly change the path that it travels. You, therefore, need to account for its direction and strength as you aim. Here’s how wind affects your golf game. 

Directional Effects

First, you should know how the direction of the wind will move the ball. If the wind is blowing at you (headwind), the ball will travel a shorter distance, and if it is blowing behind you (tailwind), it will travel farther. Likewise, if the wind blows left or right (crosswind), the ball will go in that direction.

This is easy enough to understand, but you should also take note of more subtle wind effects as well. For one, the wind has more dramatic ramifications when you hit the ball against it. This means that a ball hit in the opposite direction that the wind blows will halt more than it would push forward if you hit it in the same direction as the wind. Moreover, the higher you hit the ball, the more the wind will influence it.

Club Choice

Not only do you have to adjust the direction you hit the ball, but you also may need to change which club you are using due to the wind. Since the wind has a greater impact at higher positions, you may hit less club so that the ball doesn’t go too far off your desired course if the wind is behind you. If the wind is moving against you, you should take more club than normal to compensate for the loss of distance it will cause. The lower loft of higher numbered clubs will also help to keep the ball from flying too high where it could push even more back.


If you want to get some practice in various wind conditions, you should go to your local course often. For affordable tee times in Las Vegas where you won’t lose out on quality, visit The Club at Sunrise. Our rates will mean that you can play frequently without having to worry about a huge hit to your wallet.