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How to increase wedge spin by hitting the ball off the low toe (for the advanced player)



We know that the characteristics of spin are determined by many factors, such as angle of attack, speed, dynamic loft, launch angle, grooves, wedge design and course conditions, among other things. But did you also know that hitting the ball low on the toe tends to spin the ball much more on average than hitting the center of the blade?

Now, this low-toe strike can be very detrimental to golfers, especially when the player isn’t calculating for the toe miss. This mis-hit will cause the ball to come up short almost every time, costing the player strokes.

Golf Digest “Top 100 Clubfitter” and 2016 Met PGA Section Teacher of the Year, Kirk Oguri has done countless amounts of research on this topic and I’ve asked him to give us the reasons why this occurs.

“When you miss the center of the blade, you must swing harder to make up for the loss of energy, but most people don’t swing harder around the green planning for a low toe impact.”

However, with better players, he suggests that in order to hit partial shots with more spin, you should impact the ball on the low toe.

“Basically, adding more clubhead speed to these shots will increase your spin rate, not to mention the other spin-inducing benefits stemming from the low impact as well,” says Oguri. “This will help you spin the ball more from shorter distances when you absolutely need it.”

So there you have it. If you are an average player, I suggest staying in your posture throughout the swing to hit the center of the blade more often. This will give you a more consistent strike, and more predictable distances.

But, if you are an advanced player, experiment with hitting the ball off the low toe for more spin. It’s not the easiest shot to master, and certainly not always the recommended shot, but it’s nice to have it in your arsenal for when you absolutely need to hit a softer shot with more spin.

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico ( He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email:



  1. Astrolabius

    Aug 27, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Es tan simple de verificar como ponerse delante de un Trackman y probarlo.
    Yo lo probaré hoy mismo. Después opinaré.

    • Diego

      Aug 27, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      It’s as simple to verify as to put yourself in front of a Trackman and test it.
      I will try it today. Later I will think. (Google Translation)

    • jason06230

      Aug 27, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      It looks like a beautiful and peaceful place, would be nice to go play golf or just sit and relax for while in a good weather. Places like these should be promoted more.

  2. thuthu

    Aug 27, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Just to chime in here, but IMHO ;>) you are doing the exact same thing as what you describe you are not doing. No one can have more than one focused concsious thought at the same time.

  3. Jamie

    Aug 26, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Short spinning chips: Choke down and hit with the club heal up and low toe contact. Good contact stops very quick.

  4. steve

    Aug 25, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    The ball spin axis tilt will be different if hit on the toe, heel or center of the clubface. How do you take into account these deviations? Think D-plane.

  5. Happyday_J

    Aug 25, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve always found and utilized low and slightly heel side to increase spin. Same effect, deadens contact allowing a firmer strike, and with gear effect, really causes a lower flight with spin. Low toe I have found yes you can get more spin but with a higher “floatier” flight.

    • steve

      Aug 25, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      There is no gear effect with irons because the CofM is too close to the face. Only the driver with face bulge and roll and with rearward CofM can effect gear effect. You are confusing gear effect with ball spin axis.

  6. Dyson Bochambeau

    Aug 25, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    My studies show El hozel produces maximum spin

  7. Tom

    Aug 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Hahaha….now that’s funny!

    • ogo

      Aug 26, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      What is funny/pathetic is that Tom is a Trackman University Master/Partner… and doesn’t understand Jorgensen’s D-plane… the basis of Trackman algorithm.

      • Tom F. Stickney II

        Aug 26, 2018 at 7:47 pm

        Hard to tilt the spin axis with a high spin loft from 50yrds!?!? Not much…

        • Gog

          Aug 27, 2018 at 1:20 am

          Kaboom! Put him in his place!

        • ogo

          Aug 27, 2018 at 8:08 pm

          Thanks. Please explain why hitting low on the toe of a wedge can cause a slight fade? Which of the many ‘factors’ that you listed causes this ball flight? Thanks again.

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