How do you judge your distance in the wind? If it's through a mix of guesswork and estimation, you might want to start using these handy calculations

How do you judge your distance in the wind? If it’s through a mix of guesswork and estimation then you’re never going to be as accurate as you could be.

The first thing you need to do is work out which direction the wind is blowing in. Crosswinds won’t affect your distance too much, while playing into a headwind or with a tailwind behind you can have a huge difference.

Throwing up some grass is a great and quick way to do that, or if you’re on a sheltered section of the course, take a look at the clouds in the sky to see which way they are moving.

Even if you do this well, it doesn’t tell you how many yards you need to add on or take off your shot, so to work that out, we recommend using these handy calculations…

Calculating distance in the wind – Headwind

A great rule to use is to add 1% for every 1mph of headwind. So the following distances would change like this:

100-yard shot into a 5mph wind = 105 yards
200-yard shot into a 5mph wind = 210 yards

100-yard shot into a 10mph wind = 110 yards
200-yard shot into a 10mph wind = 220 yards

100-yard shot into a 20mph wind = 120 yards
200-yard shot into a 20mph wind = 240 yards

100-yard shot into a 30mph wind = 130 yards
200-yard shot into a 30mph wind = 260 yards

Calculating distance in the wind – Downwind

When playing downwind use 0.5% instead, so judging your distance in the wind would look a bit like this:

100-yard shot with a 5mph tailwind = 98 yards
200-yard shot with a 5mph tailwind = 195 yards

100-yard shot with a 10mph tailwind = 95 yards
200-yard shot with a 10mph tailwind = 190 yards

100-yard shot with a 20mph tailwind = 90 yards
200-yard shot with a 20mph tailwind = 180 yards

100-yard shot with a 30mph tailwind = 85 yards
200-yard shot with a 30mph tailwind = 170 yards