Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 493 - Wed. February 14th, 2018

USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Tom's Featured Tip: Spinning Pitch Shots - What Does It Take?
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Tom's Featured Tip: Spinning Pitch Shots - What Does It Take?

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

If you've always wanted to hit those high spinning pitch shots like the pro's, here's what it takes.

In a nutshell, it takes the right equipment and the right technique. You need that to impart maximum friction on the ball, which in turn imparts maximum spin. And here's an interesting fact: even with excellent technique, you can't hit a high spinning pitch shot without the right equipment.


Make sure that the face is clean after your practice swings. Any debris on the club will kill any chance for high spin.

Hit the ball low on the face with good forward shaft lean and good rotation and acceleration to get optimal compression. Hands forward with aggressive body rotation. No scoop, it's more of a pulling and rotating type of shot, with the hand angles transported through impact with a crisp "ball first" strike. Do not let your hands release until after impact. Practice the technique by actually transporting your hand angles through impact with no release past the strike. You may take a shallow divot or no divot at all, but not a deep divot.

The strike in the photo on the left below will not impart nearly as much spin as the strike in the photo on the right.


The reason is that a higher launched shot will not compress the ball as much as a lower launched shot, and good compression goes hand in hand with creating a lot of friction and a lot of spin. The ball on the left above will probably launch at around 50 degrees, which is too high if you are looking for a high spinning shot. The shot on the right would launch at about 30 degrees, which is pretty much optimal for my 56 degree wedge if I'm looking for a lot of spin.

So make sure that you have enough forward shaft lean like the photo on the right displays, either through ball position, technique, or a combination of both.

If you have access to a simulator you can check the spin rates of your shots.Amateurs should shoot for 100 rpm of rotation for each yard of distance. Tour Pros hit it at 150 rpm per yard. For a 20 yard shot, 2000 to 3000 rpm will provide a lot of stopping power.

Good compression, good strike angles, good equipment, and good acceleration through impact will provide optimal friction and maximum spin.


Ball. You will need a high quality ball like a Titleist ProV1, a Bridgestone Tour quality ball or other brand "Tour" level balls. They cost more, but they provide the best control and feel around the green.

Club. You'll also need a wedge with modern wedge face spin technology, grooves alone won't cut it. This technology provides some abrasiveness or furrowing on face, which applies - YOU GUESSED IT - FRICTION to the ball when a good strike is executed.

One major wedge manufacturer offers this technology on the face of their wedges:
  • U shaped grooves designed for spin.

  • Micro grooves between the other grooves (I call that furrowing, but I'm sure the manufacturer would frown on that).

  • and Face milling for extra abrasiveness, and thus more friction creation potential.
Manufacturer websites will brag about the face technology they have in their wedges - if they have any - so look for it before you buy.

If you want to create a lot of spin on your pitch shots, pay attention to technique and equipment as outlined above and you'll enjoy the results!

Try it, you'll like it.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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