Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 527 - Wed. October 10th, 2018
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Tom's Featured Tip: Golf Ball Compression
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Tom's Featured Tip: Golf Ball Compression

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

I was going to have a different topic for this weeks newsletter, but I received a call Monday which made me change gears.

It's a pretty well known fact that playing the wrong compression golf ball for your swing can cost you distance off the tee. It is generally understood that a golfer will achieve the maximum energy transfer and the most driving distance if the hardness (compression) of the ball is matched to the swing speed of the club. Matching up correctly can mean a 10 to 20 yard difference off the tee compared to matching up incorrectly.

Golfers with slower swing speeds (60-70 mph) should play softer golf balls, and those with fast swing speeds (100-110 mph) should play firmer golf balls. Matching swing speed with ball compression causes the ball to have the optimum degree of flattening at impact to create a trampoline-like energy transfer. Too much flattening or too little reduces the energy transfer.

What's not a well known fact is that when you buy a sleeve or a box of balls, the compression rating of each ball may vary quite a bit.

I was surprised to hear this. I know from first hand knowledge that a stated shaft flex can vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer, but I had assumed that compression in a golf ball would be easier to manufacture consistently.

I had a conversation on Monday with a person affiliated with a hand held golf ball compresssion checker that was very enlightening. I'll be testing out the product soon and I'll publish my findings in a newsletter.

Here's what I found out in the conversation with this expert that I didn't know before:
  • That when you buy a sleeve or a box of balls, the compression rating of each ball may vary quite a bit.

  • This company did extensive testing with MAJOR BRAND golf ball manufacturers, and their results shocked me. It showed that some manufacturers have tighter control over compression variability than others.

  • That when top level pro's order balls from manufacturer's, they insist that every ball be compression checked to their compression specs before being shipped out.
I also had been under the impression that even if balls spent some time in very cold weather, that they bounce back to the same compression that they were in warm weather when the temperature warmed up.

Not so.

When the polymers in the plastic in the ball freeze, they do not bounce back to the same softness after they thaw. The cold has a lasting hardening effect on compression. That's another reason to play a softer than normal ball for your swing when you play in colder weather.

On a very hot day, the ball loses compression and you should play a harder ball than usual. On a cold day, the ball gets harder and you should play a softer ball to get the maximum distance.

To my way of thinking, having a simple way to check the compression of the ball I'm playing on a particular day gives me the best chance to score well. If you are serious about getting the most out of your equipment to optimize your scoring opportunities, this device is a no brainer.

I'll provide more details about this ball compression measuring device after I get a chance to test it - but as you can see I'm pretty pumped.


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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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