Increase Distance and Reduce Spin off the Tee for the Better Player

Jun 5, 2013 | Clubfitting, Driver Fitting | 4 comments

Higher than desired spin on the driver typically comes more from the golfer having a little more downward angle of attack into the ball or, from the golfer allowing the clubhead to slightly pass in front of the hands so the dynamic loft on the face is higher at impact than the actual static loft on the face.

Equipment wise, higher spin can only come from a higher loft on the face and slightly from a shaft that is too soft in flex or too tip flexible for the golfer’s swing. If you have lower ball flight with 3200 rpm spin when using a 10* loft driver for example, assuming the loft really is 10*, it is likely that a slightly downward angle of attack coming into the ball would be the case.

So equipment wise, the only ways to reduce spin will be first to use a lower loft, second to use a more tip stiff shaft than what you are using now. But both these changes are going to make the flight trajectory lower than what you are experiencing now. So if you want to increase trajectory in an effort to carry the ball farther, you can only do that with a higher loft and/or a more flexible shaft – and both of those are going to result in more spin than you have now.

I recommend using a TrackMan launch monitor to measure your launch angle, spin rate and your angle of attack into the ball. This way you will know for sure what the cause of the lower flight with higher spin is from. But with my experience, a low flight with higher spin with a 10* loft head means downward angle of attack. Which in turn means to change things to higher launch and lower spin would require a swing overhaul to get into more of a level to slightly upward angle of attack. And that for a scratch player may not be advisable because such a swing change could open the door for other swing errors until you really nailed down the angle of attack change.