Crack the Wedge Spin Code
Three variables determine how much spin you can produce off your wedges. Choose the right combination to max out your backspin and hold every green.
By Dave Pelz
We all need backspin. Without sufficient spin, stopping shots near the pin is very difficult (think about how many times your "good" short-iron or wedge shots have landed on the green and then proceeded to roll off the back). The bad news is that spin is becoming harder to get. Manufacturers keep lowering short-iron and wedge lofts (meaning they travel farther, but come in lower and harder) and the USGA has installed a new rule that will limit the spin capabilities of future wedge designs.
The good news is that you're already making swings capable of producing shots with good backspin (at least occasionally). But your swing alone isn't enough. That cracks just one-third of the backspin code. You also need the right ball and the right face grooves. Nail these factors and your spin potential will fly off the charts.
5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED MORE SPIN
1. Faster greens (much faster than ever before)
2. More forced carries (less chance to run the ball to the hole)
3. Tighter pin positions
4. Lower-lofted wedges and short irons
5. New USGA ruling on wedge grooves