How to Play Links Golf: Drawing the Ball into a Crosswind

Bobby Clampett teaches the perfect golf shot for crosswinds and windy golf condition

The Open returns to Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland this week for the first time since 1951. The rugged Dunluce Links Course figures to provide a stern test for the best players in the world in the year’s final major, with the game’s oldest and most iconic trophy, the Claret Jug, on the line.

Expect Royal Portrush to challenge golfers with similar conditions to the other links courses in the Open Championship rota, especially with strong, unpredictable winds that may gust up to as much as 35 miles per hour off the Atlantic Ocean.

All week long we’re sharing tips from our GOLF Academy lead coaches on how to best play links golf, and today, former PGA and Champions Tour player Bobby Clampett demonstrates how to handle a left-to-right crosswind by turning the ball back into the wind. Clampett once held the 36-hole lead at The Open at Royal Troon in 1982 before being derailed by a pot bunker and eventually finishing T-10th. He also finished T-3rd at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach that year and knows a thing or two about playing in the wind. Check out the following video to learn how to draw the ball and hit more greens in windy conditions.