Maximise your distance into the wind

maximise your distance into the wind

Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Keith Wood explains how to maximise your distance into the wind with some simple tricks for playing from the tee

Maximise your distance into the wind

If you find yourself reading this, then you probably already understand the joys of winter golf. There is nothing like a clear, crisp winter’s day when the course is both score-able and free from fair-weather players to stir your most basic golfing instincts.

The challenge facing you over the winter months will, of course, be subtly different. Master the basic changes and you’ll become hard to beat, even when the worst of our gloriously unpredictable weather strikes.

Into the wind players often make the mistake of teeing the ball down. But this causes you to strike the ball from te bottom of the clubface which actually creates spin. You need to aim for an area on the face above the centre to maximise your distance into the wind. Also, the other way to keep spin off is to swing as smoothly as possible. This will prevent too much backspin from being created at impact and the ballooning into the sky. So tee it high and swing it a fraction softer than usual - this will help you maximise your distance into the wind.

When the fairways are wet, distance is all about carry. For a lot of amateurs, especially those with slower swing speeds, this means that you’ll find more distance from your 3-wood than your driver. The extra loft will offer you more carry through the air with the added bonus being that more loft will also deliver less sidespin, which should make you more accurate. Just pulling out driver without thinking about the carry distance is a mistake worth avoiding.

The other factor to consider before you tee off is where to peg up. Teeing grounds will often become muddy and slippery so pick a spot with a fair coverage of grass to stand on. Some simple consideration here could go a long way.

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."


Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X