There are two basic principles to keep in mind on those days when the wind is threatening to destroy your poise and your game. If the wind is in your face you should hit a shot that imparts very little backspin to the ball. If the wind is at your back you should concentrate on getting the ball up into the air as fast as you possibly can.
The best way to reduce backspin on a shot directly into the wind is to play the ball back nearer the right foot than usual, while keeping the hands in the same relative position to the ball that they would normally be at address—if the ball has been moved back two inches, move the hands back two inches. The result will be a shot that will start low, stay low and have little backspin. The same technique should be employed regardless of what club is used. However, on an iron shot, depending on the strength of the wind, the player should drop down two or three clubs (a four-iron, for instance, in place of a six) and hit the shot very softly.
Getting the ball up fast for a downwind shot can be achieved by playing the ball well forward—actually off the left foot—and keeping the right shoulder below the left throughout most of the swing. The right arm and hand are the dominating features of the swing. Generally, a downwind shot can be hit quite hard without too much danger, because the wind will tend to straighten out cither a hook or a slice.