Bradley Hughes - How To Play Left To Right Wind

Bradley Hughes demonstrates how to hit the ball into a left to right wind. You can play a fade into it by turning the clubface in to start the ball left, or draw into it with high right shoulder.


So growing up in Australia, a lot of wind, especially down south in Melbourne where I grew up. So the elements were always key. If the wind came off the north, hot wind off the desert. If the wind came off the south, we're getting the South Pole. 20 mile, 25 miles an hour was pretty much the norm, so I had to learn how to play shots in the wind.

So I had learned to sometimes use the wind, sometimes fight the wind. I think the left to right wind is the hardest for a right-handed golfer, because generally, it's harder to start the ball that way. Most people will start it too far to the right, and then the ball will obviously drift further.

So I had a number of ways of playing a left to right wind. Sometimes I would set up straight, and I would actually just turn my club face in a little bit to guarantee that the ball started slightly left of the target. And then I'd just let it drift on the wind, plus it would also hold up against the wind like that.

Another shot that I used on a left to right wind is I would feel that I drew the ball against the wind, especially if I had too much club and I wanted to swing smoother.

So again, on this shot, I really feel that I work my right shoulder high after I've hit the ball. I don't want to try and control my ball with my hands. I want my hands to react to how my body goes. So against the left to right wind here, I'll just rotate my right shoulder a little bit higher and around after I've hit the ball. And you can see that makes me rotate around. I've put a little bit of draw on it, which if the wind is really strong, will end up straight.

So there's two good ways to practice in a left to right wind. I didn't like it, but I learned to practice in it and learned those shots from working on it.