Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dr John's Golf Clinic

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dr John's Golf Clinic

Article excerpt

When Raphael Jacquelin won the BMW Asian Open in Shanghai at the weekend, he had to battle through the wind and the rain to do it.

Golfers in the North-East are brought up in the wind, but many club players get fed a few old wives' tales about how to handle it. If you are playing into the wind, you hit the ball softer to reduce the spin.

How strong the wind is will decide how much more club you need to take, but it would be a five iron instead of, say, a seven iron into a medium-strength wind.

Downwind, you need to impart more spin, so you would take a nine iron instead of a seven iron and hit the ball harder to keep it under control.

The stronger the wind against you the more club you need and the more softly you hit it. And the greater the following wind the less club you need and the harder you need to hit it, within reason. …

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