WGT and the Mini Map!!

Oh the many great wonders of learning something and then putting it to use.  One of the two things I would like to mention is the mini map on WGT.  The other thing I was already aware of, but a combination of the use of both makes dealing with wind so much easier.

First thing first!!  What we should all be familiar with is the marker on the screen that shows distance and elevation.

Primary Marker
Primary Marker
Basically the entire box measures roughly 5 feet across at a distance. Now in case you did not know the shorter the shot the less it is in the air and the wind does not take full effect on the ball. However for your long 150 yard approach shots it is a life saver. I used this to assist me for a number of years, and it is a wonderful way to help judge the wind. I still use it in combination with the next item I would like to mention. I learned this little trick from a Champion on WGT, but when I've tried to explain how to use it drives where the fairway angles, they can't seem to understand, so I thought I would write about it.
Mini Map Marker
Mini Map Marker
This little marker is a fantastic way to judge the wind. The little triangle measures about 20 across. It takes a little practice getting use to it at first and you need to take your eyes off the play screen and watch the mini map to see where the ball hits. Let's say I have a 10 MPH cross wind from left to right. The first thing I do is place my maker at about the distance where I bounce. I normally use 285 as my distance for the marker. Then I know that with the wind I'm going to land on the top right corner of that arrow. I also know that if the wind was 20 across that I would land slightly outside the arrow to the right.

There are a number of things that I am still learning about using this method. The first one of course is taking the time to watch where I land in different wind conditions, the second is knowing exactly where I will land with higher cross winds. Also there is on occasion an angle on the arrow. Hard to explain, but you will see it when you go to line up your shot. I'm still figuring that one out.

Right now I use the Mini Map to set my marker for the original 10 of wind.  Then I go to the big map overhead view and make tiny adjustments for any additional wind with the primary marker.  As long as I hit the ding I end up center fairway almost every time.  Occasionally certain holes still get me, like Pebble Beach #1, but that’s just part of the learning curve.

So give it a whirl and see how it goes.  It takes a few games of getting use to it at first, but once you start paying attention to where you land on the mini map you may be surprised at how much it can help improve your game.