Hitting wedges with more backspin

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By MOrge

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  1. I know I know, I can already hear it. “This topic again?” I’ve worked hard every season and got my handicap down to a ten now. Expecting 5 this season or better.

    I hit my wedges with enough spin, 60,56,52 all spin 8000+ rpm. But not too much over 9000. Dynamic loft for example with the 56 would be 35-40 and carry 90-100 yards.

    Being a better player I’d like to have a higher spinning wedge shot in my arsenal.

    What do other players do to hit high spin wedge shots? YouTube is NO help. Just entry level basic lessons. No help at all. It shouldn’t be too much work to get a 60 lob wedge carrying 85 yards to get in the 11,000 range. Should it?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. MOrge,

    I would say that you have some high expectations to create 11K spin! Rare air for most mortals. I know that spin can get north of 13K, but I have tested many major champions and 11K can be rather elusive at times. 11K would be an elite TOUR level of spin from typically the 70+yd range (on rare occasions less distance is required). Most single digit handicap players would not have that ability due to a multitude of reasons. Primarily, the technique required. To create the proper spin loft you would need an abundance of shaft lean and shallow attack angle. Furthermore, it is paramount that you use "fresh" wedges with a premium ball (ProV1 or ProV1x). A fresh wedge in my opinion is less than 1K in face strikes. Again, the spin formula: New wedge + ProV + TOUR technique = spin optimization. For a more complete understanding of spin it would be useful to think of spin as a ratio of RPM/YD with highest spin ratio found on shorter shots. That ratio would change depending upon the carry distances.

    Good luck!

  3. I play to a 6 and play with guys close to scratch. Ive yet to see any of them do anything close spin wise compared to pro level guys. Not saying it dont happen, I just feel its rare to move the ball back like pros do.
  4. Rick D

    Rick D
    Weston, WI

    It's hard to control spin and be consistent, so then you've got the ball ending up in a different place each time, even though you've flown it the same distance, depending on how much spin you've generated. Why would you focus on trying to create something you can't duplicate on a consistent basis?

    Spin isn't just a swing component, but also shaft/head/swing variables.

    My last fitting, the fitter told me one of his goals was to get me to be able to hit an iron into a green, have it hop and stop. I can determine distance and shoot for that distance better than hoping it spins enough, and not too much. I'm pretty darned happy being able to fire at the flag, knowing if I hit it well it's right there. Does that make sense?
  5. If you’re looking to optimize spin, you’ll need to work on technique with feedback as you implement changes. You’ll also need to learn how your lie affects how much spin you can impart upon the ball. There are tons of tutorials, but I recommend practicing on a quality launch monitor while learning. You will get instant numbers on you AOA, dynamic loft, etc.
  6. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Take a look at the divots these guys are making with those shots when they put the spin on the ball. The down force and follow through on the ball has to be something else. You could plant a field of potatoes with some of those divots. Something like putting backspin on a cue ball I guess. I could always do that in my younger days, but spin a golf ball, I wish. I am a picker, so I rely on pitch and run, chip, or just aiming it at the target and hoping I guessed the right distance. Guess I will never be a scratch golfer. At 72 I am happy and enjoying this crazy game. If I hit my ball high it normally sits down and rolls maybe a foot or so. Good luck with the spin, hope it works out. I try to stay away from all those numbers, even though I know where I stand when I do my fittings, and I work on tempo and direction, at least that is what my golf coach says to do. Guess I will find out where my ball is going on Friday morning when I warm up before my round. With respect.
  7. Richard A

    Richard A
    St Neots, Cambs

    I remember Peter Alliss be asked once on how do I get backspin his answer was “depends where your ball lands on the green no good having backspin if you land short of the flag.”

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