How do I make a golf ball spin?
I’ve been asked this question in golf lessons about a thousand times.
Learning to apply spin to a ball is like finding the Holy Grail for many weekend golfers.
To them, it’s the mark of a really good golfer.
Knowing how to spin a ball is useful. There’s not doubt about it. It can help you stop a ball in its tracks. Or it can help you get a ball to back up when necessary. Both are useful skills when hitting into a green.
Put simply, knowing how to spin a ball can help you chop strokes off your golf handicap and break 80.
But new advancements in technology reveal that the concept of spin is more complicated than you might think. And some of the new things we’ve learned about spin with help from technology may surprise you.
A better understanding of spin will enhance your ability to control it and use it to your advantage
Creating Spin—The Four Factors
The key to creating spin is making clean crisp contact under optimum conditions. Basically, you need a good lie, the right club, and a clean clubface. Given these conditions, you need to hit the ball first then the ground to generate spin.
To spin the ball, play the ball in the middle of your stance or slightly back, shift your weight to your front foot, and hit down on the ball. From there, the four factors of spin take over and spin is applied.
The four factors that produce spin are friction, dynamic loft, vertical gear effect, and speed. While these factors still govern spin, launch monitors and high speed cameras gives us a better look at how what happens when they’re applied.
Spinloft Is The Key
This new look offers a new way to understand how to control spin. It’s called spinloft.
Spinloft is the difference between the angle of attack and the loft you deliver at impact. The greater the spinloft, the more the ball spins.
But only up to a certain point. After that, it actually reduces spin. That’s right. It reduces spin. And while it may seem counter intuitive to say that, the science behind spinloft supports the idea rather conclusively.
Applying too much spinloft, says spinloft theory, generates less friction. The result: The ball rolls of the face with minimal spin.
On the other hand, applying less loft to the ball at a shallower angle of attack increases the friction between the ball and clubface, generating more spin.
The key to making a golf ball spin, then, is to apply just the right amount of loft at just the right angle of attack. But since we all swing at different speeds with different angles of attack, it’s hard to determine one loft/path angle for everyone.
So what’s the takeaway here? It’s simple.
You can uncover golf tips on applying spin in golf instruction sessions. But if you really want to learn how to apply spin to your ball, trail and error is the best teacher.
To fine-tune your ability to add spin, you need to experiment with different amounts of shaft lean at impact until you find the right formula for you. Once you found the right amount of shaft lean, you need to practice and practice applying spin.
Ingraining these golf tips on spin discussed above can help you take your game to a new level. Mastering spin can not only help cut strokes from your golf handicap, it can also help you break 80 consistently.