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To understand about golf ball spin rates, it is important to know what spin is all about. The golf ball spin rate is defined as the speed the ball spins in a straight line while in the air. Spin rate, measured in rpm (revolutions per minute), of a typical driver will vary between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. What the ball does after it hits the ground is the best way to describe ‘spin’. Spin can be accomplished in a couple different ways. You can “spin and roll”, “spin and stop” and “spin and roll back”. This is determined by how the ball is hit as well as what kind of ball and club was used. Some balls give more spin than others do. The golf ball spin rate plays a large part in how long the ball stays in the air, too.

Any time that you hit the ball in the air, you have used spin. The amount of spin is controlled by how the ball was hit or how hard. The lower you hit on the ball, the more back spin you will get, whereas hitting higher will get you spin that is more forward. The golf ball spin rates vary on how or where the ball is hit. It also affects how far the ball goes.

If you have a low spin rate, the ball won’t travel as high and will drop rather quickly. With a higher spin rate, the ball will go very high and looks like a balloon. Almost one of the hardest things for a golfer is to determine and get the correct amount of golf ball spin rate. Learning how to get spin is also a challenge to many golfers. The following technique just takes practice:

• Stand with your feet closer together than for a normal shot.
• Position your body making sure the golf ball is closer to your back foot.
• Use a flop wedge (aka a 60-degree wedge).
• If no other choice, a sand wedge may be used.
• Swing your club on a steeper upright surface of ground.
• Hit directly underneath your ball before taking a divot (the turf or sod you are playing on)
• Get your normal best shot in.

The kind of ball that is used will help to adjust the golf ball spin rate. For many golfers, the higher the spin rates the better control they have over their shots. Experienced golfers state they use three-piece golf balls because they get better spin and therefore control of their shot than two-piece balls. The construction of the ball is what is responsible for the spin rate. The two-pieced balls may be more popular for every day golfers, but the golf ball spin rate is higher with three-piece balls, whether they are wound or solid core balls.

If the length of the shot is important, golfers will try not to spin any more than is necessary. The trick is always to keep a correct amount of spin. For shots where control is an issue, the greater the spin, the easier it will be to stop the ball and go for the pin. The best golf ball spin rate is one that will carry the ball a long distance and stop it as well. Practice does make perfect.

Christine P Gray is a recognized authority on the subject of golf balls. Her website Ultimate Golf Guide provides a wealth of informative articles and resources on everything you will need to know about used golf balls. All rights reserved. Articles may be reprinted as long as the content and links remains intact and unchanged.

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