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A Brief Message  June 2/05

  • Congratulations to Justin Leonard who barely won the FedEx St. Jude Classic last weekend even though he shot 73 on Sunday.
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Golf Game Management VI: Wind & Club Selection

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VI. How do you adjust your club seleciton for the wind?

    The topic of this this series is Golf Game Management. Can you shoot lower scores without physical improvement? The answer is a resounding, YES! Not that I'm advocating not improving your ball striking and short game skill level.

   Do you play golf courses where there is a lot of wind? Most of us do. If you do, you realize that your "club print" (how far you hit your different clubs) is different for different wind conditions; but how different?

   Even PGA Tour pros have difficultly in the wind; tournament scores are always higher. Pros and amateurs have a tough time in windy conditions for the following reasons:

1. Players don't know how to measure wind speed accurately.
2. Wind speed is usually not constant but changes (gusts).
3. Players don't know how much a certain wind speed affects their shots.
4. Because of uncertainty in club selection, players don't put good swings don't put good swings on the ball and thus hit more errant shots.

  Measuring wind speed is actually quite simple. Take some grass clippings and hold them about 1 yard above the ground. Drop the clippings. The clippings will take very close to one second to fall to the ground. As they fall, the wind will move them. The distance the clippings are moved while falling equals the wind speed at the ground. If the clippings move 2 yards, the windspeed is 2 yards per second.

   Wind speed is lowest just above the surface where you are. The speed increases with height. Without going into the physics and mathematics, the average wind speed during the flight of a golf ball is about 1.5 times the wind speed at the ground. So, multiply the distance the grass clippings moved my 1.5 (1.5 X 2 = 3).

   The wind changes the distance the ball flies more when hitting into the wind than with the wind. How much more? I have calculated that with my computer projectile model and reveal the amount in my paper on Wind Speed Effects. You can purchase your copy for only $5.99. Click here.

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   Suffice to say that when hitting into the wind, the distance longer the shot will play will equal the speed of the wind multiplied by the Headwind Factor Index (what I reveal in my paper). Likewise, the distance shorter the shot will play when with the wind is equal to the speed of the wind multiplied by the Downwind Factor Index.

   In my paper on Wind Speed Effects, I also reveal how much you need to adjust for crosswinds based on the measured wind speed. Play with more certainty in your game. Know what club to hit no matter the wind conditions. Order your copy of Wind Speed Effects.

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In future newsletters on this topic, we'll take a look at Game Management further in areas such as club selection based on temperature, air pressure and humidity. We'll also look at Game Management as it applies to your short game and putting. There a lots of ways to make the best of what you currently have! We can all make better choices on the course.

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The focus of my site is to utilize science and math to lower your score. New technology is one way to achieve this, but to be honest, the technology is one small piece of the puzzle.

To actually improve significantly, we all need to:

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Ken Tannar

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