Steve Elkington, Jason Dufner & Chuck Cook: TrackMan - Clubface Angle Into Crosswind

Steve Elkington, Jason Dufner & Chuck Cook discuss how players with enough experience will automatically alter the clubface direction left or right to compensate for the crosswind they hit into.


I've already got my face closed to the path.

So just watching as these guys go through it, as you're watching El go, because of the fact that he drops the club down coming down into the ball, he's aiming to the left. And this will give him a chance to, as he swings down from the inside, his path will actually be going toward the target as he makes his swing.

That was a good one.

So right here, reading the numbers right there, your path was 0.6 actually, 0.6 left, which is normal. Your club face 6 and 1/2 closed because of this wind.

Holding the wind off.

I mean, you have to. If you had zero, zero numbers, your ball would be ending up way out in right field.

How do we transfer that over to the average player that says, well, I don't know that I'm supposed to make a micro adjustment?

Well, hopefully, if they play enough golf, they'll do it instinctively. It's not something that-- a lot of people that start as juniors would do it more instinctively. If they start as they've gotten older, somebody has to tell them the adjustments have to make to allow for the wind.

I think that's part of the difference, too, of you see a lot of guys you play against in college and amateur golf that don't make it as a huge successful pro is just these things I can't really explain that I do.

There's a reason why me and Steve have played the tour and all the other guys who have played the tour and whereas, a lot of other guys maybe hadn't made it to the tour and won those events or even won the events, you know? There's things you do and that I do that I can't really explain.

I'm trying to, I've got my face turned in already though. I must say that I've already got it turned in two or three degrees.


I wouldn't want a better one than that one.

No. And so the path there was 1.3 left, which would be common in this wind. And then your club face angle is three, three left, which is good. Your spin was 5,070.

Low spin into that wind.

Low spin because you're trying to cover the ball up. So your attack angle was pretty steep on that one trying to deloft it.

What was the amount of down on that one?


That's a lot for me but you've got to be in the wind, otherwise you're going to moon it, right?

Right. And your launch angle is 12 degrees, which is a couple of degrees lower than what would be a stock 6 iron shot and probably for you, it would be like four degrees lower than the stock 6 iron shot.

Your normalized carry though, was 183 because you turned it down. The others that went higher were around 175, 176 with that club.