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From the WRX Vault: The science of adding spin to your wedge shots

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In addition to continuing to look forward to new content that will serve and engage our readership, we also want to showcase standout pieces that remain relevant from years past. In particular, articles with a club building or instruction focus continue to deliver value and convey useful information well after their publish dates.

We want to make sure that once an article falls off the front page as new content is covered it isn’t relegated to the back pages of our website.

We hope that you’ll appreciate and find value in this effort, and the first article from the GolfWRX Vault is a perfect example of a piece that not only remains relevant and engaging, but one that the author still gets questions about and routinely refers readers to.

This piece one of Tom Stickney’s earliest and most popular missives for GolfWRX. We selected it as one of the best pieces of 2015, and it’s still worth a read some four years laster—ball flight laws haven’t change, an we’re still eager to disseminate the right information to our audience!

A taste of Stickney’s piece…

“For as long as I can remember, golfers have been fascinated watching the professionals hit wedge shots into the green — especially when their shots land past the hole on the green, hop forward, and then zip back toward the hole. It’s a sexy shot that every golfer wants to have at his disposal.

“What I have learned from teaching golf for more than 20 years, however, is that relatively few golfers can actually hit a high-spinning wedge shot. One of the main reasons why? Few golfers actually understand how spin is created. The purpose of this article is to help golfers understand just that, as well as how they can improve their chances of hitting a PGA Tour-quality wedge shot.

How spin is created

“Since I starting using a Trackman launch monitor, my understanding of spin creation has grown exponentially. It has taught me and other teaching professionals that spin is created by specific, measurable factors.

“The main factor is called Spin Loft, which is calculated by subtracting “Angle of Attack,” or the amount of degrees a golfer hits up or down on a ball, from “Dynamic Loft,” which is the amount of loft (in degrees) on the club face at the moment of impact.”

Read the full piece here.

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  1. Tom54

    Sep 30, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Dave r Exactly agree. Whenever I get a chance to play on a decent course, at least one with nice tight fairways I always comment no wonder the pros make it look so easy. When the ball is sitting up nicely you can sweep it if you are a picker, or you can still go after it with a nice divot. When ball settles down in longer grass you only have one option and that’s to dig it out

  2. Dave r

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Most courses I play we don’t have the luxury of fairways cut like greens. The average golfer playes off flyer lie fairways you try and spin a ball when its impossible to get clean contact on the ball. Ya if your club head speed is 130 mph you might get a ball to stop on the third bounce but spin good luck with that happening.

  3. Mad-Mex

    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Clean contact made with a wedge whose grooves are clear of any debris or grass blades on a descending angle to a urethane covered golf ball,,,,

    Who writes this garbage ?!?!?!

  4. B

    Sep 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Still doesn’t tell you how to do it

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One of the deep expertise we have is knowing what side you need to be swinging from to enjoy your best golf. Sometimes it’s both sides like me! So many professionals on tour are including left-handed swings (for the right-handed player) in their warm-up routines and practice routines as a great way to create muscle confusion. Our fabulous kinesiologist, Munashe Masawi, confirms this through his studies and personal training for his grueling sport of football.

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Clement: Help your girlfriend or wife get some extra yards fast!

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