Screen 1 for glide, spin or launch: Wingspan

Matt Salacuse/Paul Crawford Illustration
The wingspan screen in action.
Matt Salacuse

For your first assessment, stand tall with your arms stretched out, like the letter “T.” Ask a friend to measure your wingspan (fingertips to fingertips) and height. Compare the two measurements, then use the guidelines below to determine if you're built for gliding, spinning or launching.

If your wingspan is greater than your height, score a point for gliding.

Gliding works best with wider wingspans.
Matt Salacuse

Having long arms means you don't have to bend over as much at address. And since a taller stance creates a flatter swing, you're forced to lift your arms on the backswing to create some angle to the ball. The only way to slot the club on the downswing from this upright arm position is to glide toward the target.

If your wingspan and height measurements are the same, score a point for spinning.

If your wingspan equals your height, you're a candidate for spinning.
Matt Salacuse

​With equal wingspan and height, neither gliding or launching are required to slot the club, so your best bet is to maximize spin.

If your height is greater than your wingspan, score a point for launching.

Launching works best with shorter wingspans.
Matt Salacuse

​Your shorter arm length requires you to flex your knees more at address to reach the ball and maintain balance. You naturally "pre-load" your body to launch upward (undo the flex in your knees) at impact right from the start.

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