This Hall of Fame teacher’s 3-step formula will help you hit perfect shots in the wind

Most golfers have no idea what to do when the wind starts gusting. Maybe they’ll take an extra club or two, but often they’ll resort to hitting and hoping.

Enter Mike Adams, a World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame member and a recent addition to Instagram, who has a brilliantly simple formula to help you hit better shots whenever the wind begins to blow. It’s called the 2-2-2 method, and here’s how it works:

1. Grip down 2 inches

It’s called the 2-2-2 method, as you’ll quickly realize, because each number stands for something. The first “two” required is to choke down two inches, which Adams says will “stiffen the shaft and lower the trajectory of the shot.”

2. Move ball back 2 inches

Once you’ve done that, Adams says to move the ball two inches back in your stance, which he says “takes loft off the club, which also lowers the shot.” But it also has the inadvertent side-effect of closing your shoulders slightly. That’s where Mike’s third element comes in…

3. Drop front foot back 2 inches

But Mike has an easy solution to fix your closed shoulders: Simply drop your lead foot two inches back, which will bring your shoulders back to square and help you hit nice bullets the next time you’re in the wind.


Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.