Played yesterday in moderate wind. Had an approach to front pin downwind, clubbed to pin+5y thinking if it goes long I’m fine at the back. Watched the shot apex normally then drop like a brick 20y short, way shorter than a stock, no-wind shot!
I’ve had similar experiences before, but not always. Most of the time I see the +5 to +10y push from the wind but anecdotally (20%? Guessing here but statistically significant) occasionally see these Lead Zeppelins. What the heck?
So, went to TrackmanU and played around with launch conditions, nothing. Ball should carry at least as far as in no-wind conditions.
I reckon it must be spin, or lack thereof. I’m thinking the following air has the effect of reducing the aerodynamic lift since the ball’s velocity relative to the air is lower. My rationale is it would be similar to a ball with no dimples: no dimples no lift; no lift no distance, right? So, I should spin the heck out of downwind shots?
Thought of another possibility while listening to Sweet Spot pod about Ballnamic where the discussion was spin decay: the Fading Hookers & Hooking Faders? That explanation made sense and would seem to explain the “normal”-looking early trajectory followed by the meteoric reentry. Only problem is I can’t figure how spin decay could increase going downwind? Maybe my ball speed isn’t high enough? I don’t see this trajectory in other conditions.
Any of you folks experience anything similar? I’m dying to understand what’s happening and how to fix it. Is more spin downwind the solution?
Thanks in advance!