The more the ball spins the more it will create lift and the more it will balloon and ‘float’ when playing shots into the wind. As your clubs increase in loft, the ball’s spin rate also increases which makes hitting wedge shots the right distance into the wind so difficult. It is critical to be able to control your ball flight when playing in windy conditions. The lower you can hit your shot into the wind, the less the wind will ‘mess’ with the ball. To keep the ball low and penetrating when playing into the wind, take an extra club or two (a club for every 7-10mph wind is a good rule of thumb) and choke down enough to match up with the club you would have normally hit from that yardage. Now follow the golden rule of ‘when it’s breezy swing easy’ and try to take a smooth half to three quarter swing controlling your balance and helping your chances of making solid contact. I don’t necessarily believe it is best to move the ball back in your stance (de-lofting the club to hit it even lower) as this also tends to promote a steeper angle into the ball which will ‘increase’ ball spin rate and ‘promote’ lift. Try a standard ball position and one with the ball back in your stance and see which ball position you can hit better quality shots from. Remember that your shots will still have spin, but will tend to roll out farther when they hit the green as the ball is coming into the green from a lower trajectory. Getting good at keeping the ball low also comes in handy when playing your shots out from the trees, and remember… if you can’t beat the wind, then you might as well join it… treat the wind as your friend!