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Friday, July 28, 2017

Tom Watson on Driving in Crosswinds

The reason I'm posting this article's link is because Tom earned it. After the first round of the Senior Open Championship, you may have seen that Tom was T13 at +1, which isn't bad for a 67-year-old. However, if you didn't watch the coverage, you probably don't know that Tom got the bad side of the draw. They had a lot of wind during the afternoon, but Tom's morning wave played in 40mph winds and sideways rain. When he finished, he was T5 and only two shots back.

Yes, when Tom Watson tells you how to drive it lower in crosswinds, he knows what he's talking about!

Tom Watson just after impact

Tom says that you don't want to drive the ball lower in winds unless (1) the ball is going to run a long way or (2) you're in crosswinds. Here's the summary of what he says you should do.
  • Tee the ball a half-inch lower and grip down on the club about an inch.
  • Shorten your backswing.
  • Make sure you're swinging level to the ground when you hit the ball.
Tom goes into more detail, of course. But you need to read the article.

No, really -- you NEED to read the article! Why wouldn't you listen to the master of links golf?