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Quick Tip from Mark Rolfing:


One of the things that make our climate here in the islands so pleasurable is the presence of our normal trade winds. These winds typically blow in the 10 to 15 miles per hour range and keep the temperatures very enjoyable. For many golfers though even slight winds can cause problems. A common mistake is for the player to lose his tempo; get too quick, too jerky. Or lots of golfers will try to over power the wind, which you simply cannot do.

Here are a few things that you should do when you're playing in the wind.

First widen your stance slightly to establish a solid base this will help you maintain good balance. You should do this not only on long shots but on short shots like putts as well. On longer shots shorten your swing slightly and make it a little more compact. Control is the key in the wind so don't automatically take a big full swing. On medium range shots make sure you stay down keeping the club head on line to the target as long as possible. There is no need for a big high follow through unless you're playing directly down wind. And finally, concentrate on hitting solid shots this is the most important thing. Any miss hit will be magnified. When you're playing in the wind enjoy it, use it, do not fight it.

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