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Why do golf pro’s spin their golf balls so much?

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“If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.” – Horace G. Hutchinson

By Ian Hardie

There are effectively four main reasons why the tour pro’s look to be doing something spectacular with their golf balls on television – which you seem unable to do when you play golf – I am of course talking about their ability to hit their shots onto the green.

Only to have them spin backwards after the first bounce or two.

Now, before I go much further I’d like to make it  clear that when I’m referring to ‘tour pro’s’, I’m using that term to encompass all the different tours around the world and both genders of golfers.

So, back to what I was saying, the first of these reasons is actually a combination of two things which tour pros have the ability to do – which most other golfers don’t have.

In general, they have a faster club head speed for all of their shots – even the tour pros who look like they have a ‘slow swing’ who I have written about before (you can check them out here, if you haven’t already).

As well as being able to produce a much higher quality of strike for the bulk of their golf shots – which in simple terms means that they are hitting their golf ball harder, better and more consistently than the average golfer.

The result of that is that they are able to directly produce a higher spin rate on their golf balls when they are hit.

Reason 1 then, is that they consistently produce a higher spin rate on their shots. Continue reading Why do golf pro’s spin their golf balls so much?