How Spin Affects Your Game
Producing spin on a golf ball is inevitable with each shot you make. Understanding why the ball spins and how to produce the best shot can have a very positive effect on your game.
It's highly likely that every club you own has grooves on the face, even your putter. The primary objective of these grooves is to grip your ball and impart spin on it. Similarly, the dimples on a golf ball are designed to accommodate spin and capitalise on it. Dimples create small pockets of air travelling at different speeds across a golf ball which leads to an area of low pressure air. The difference in air pressure causes other higher pressure air to rush towards the ball, creating lift, slice, draw or downforce. These are the same principles that are used in an aerofoil design on an airplane wing.
How much spin?
Backspin can be an incredibly helpful tool in your strokeplay, allowing you to generate lift on shots and fly them further. Particularly on approach shots to the green where a drop and stop shot can eliminate the hassle of a minefield of bunkers and slopes.
However, it may not be so beneficial on a drive where you'd like the ball to bump and run down the fairway. As it happens, lower loft angles on your longer clubs tend to make it more difficult to generate these high amounts of backspin. If you notice your drives travelling very high and short, this could be a result of overly high backspin.
There's no doubt that different folks have different strokes. The solution for generating more or less spin on your ball may be as simple as a 30 minute session with your golf pro. If your swing isn't the issue, underlying problems such as incorrectly fitted clubs or ball choice may be the cause.
Hitting the ball with a downward strike is very important when attempting to generate backspin. The divot your club creates should appear just in front of the ball's position, implying your club struck the ball before it hit the ground.
To reduce spin and increase distance on your drives, try doing the opposite and eliminating some downward movement. Use a longer tee to promote some upward force onto the ball, creating more of a baseball style swing.
The Peter Thomson PT3 is designed as a high spin ball for exceptional drop and stop performance onto greens. However, it was developed with a soft elastic cover and high 85 compression with long drives in mind. When tested by the R&A and USGA, the PT3 generated 2640 rpm of spin (under 3000 being desirable) and 310.4 yards of flight from a 120mph swing. The numbers speak for themselves.
Our other ball offering, the PT2, was designed with slower swing speed golfers in mind, as well as those wishing to play a more bump and run style of golf. Still boasting a huge 308.1 yards off the tee in the same test as the PT3, the PT2 uses a 55 compression core mantle design. This allows golfers of all abilities to enjoy soft feel and more controlled shots from tee to green.