Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 747 - Wednesday January 18, 2023
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
Important Than Hitting 200 Balls"

Tom's Featured Tip: Wedges & Spin - The Common Misconception

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Wedges & Spin - The Common Misconception

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Wedges & Spin - The Common Misconception

In this off season I decided to get better at my wedge play.

Part one of my two part plan was/is to broaden my knowledge base, and part two was/is getting in the reps where I teach in the winter, Indoor Lessons

I evaluated a few top teaching pro's, and bought a few courses. In my current profession, as well in previous professions, I would attend seminars from people that were at the top of their game in their field, if only to come away with one good idea. That was my goal.

I did pick up some ideas from a course I bought from a famous short game guru, I'm not mentioning his name, but I was EXTREMELY disappointed when he said this in one of his videos: "the grooves have to be sharp to get spin on the ball".


Let me say that again


It really irritates me when teachers who profess to be knowledgeable make mistakes like that. There's really no excuse for it.

It disappointed me to the point that I was going to ask for a refund, but I didn't because I did get a few good ideas that I will implement in my own training and student lessons (after I've mastered them personally).

However, I did email him to make him aware of his mistake. I haven't heard back from him and probably won't after he googles "do grooves on a wedge cause a ball to spin".

It's a common misconception that grooves are what creates the spin on the golf ball. However, the actual job of the grooves is to remove debris and moisture between the golf ball and the clubface at impact.

Friction is the main cause of spin, and friction is imparted on the ball when there is clean contact between clubface and ball. Cleaner contact equals more spin. It's that simple.

If you wear down the sweet spot on your wedge through play and practice, there will be less friction imparted on the ball, and the function of the worn down grooves in that area will also be sub-optimal. Then it's time for a new wedge, not a groove sharpener. They are pretty useless except for cleaning your grooves.

Backspin is generated by the loft of the clubface not the shape, quantity or depth of the grooves on the club. When a ball is hit it gets compressed. This compression and the friction between the ball and the clubface cause the backspin.

What about rust? Several pro's play "raw" wedges that eventually develop some rust on the face. Rust adds texture. Texture can add friction, and friction is what provides spin. So yes, rust can add an element of spin to your shots, but my guess is that it's probably minimal.

So to get the maximum spin from your wedge play, use a ball that has high spin properties, focus on striking the ball on the downward portion of your downswing arc, lean the shaft towards the target at impact, and take a divot after ball contact with your full wedge shots.

Striking the ball this way will result in good compression, which in turn will put more spin on the ball.

As far as the lie goes, a clean lie is a prerequisite to have a clean lie to produce maximum spin on the ball.

If you are looking for a wedge that will be good for spinning the ball, find a wedge with good texture on the face of the club.

I actually have two wedges that I use for chipping - one with high texture for maximum checking chips, and one with less texture for a minimal check and release chip. You can execute those types of shots with technique, but having equipment that lends itself to maximize a certain result can be an added benefit.

Get it right and you'll like it.

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Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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