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Comment from Anonymous
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9/19/2014 at 4:15 AM
Thanks for your very clear and concise explanations of the golf swing. Having watched your videos I had a brilliant round yesterday 82 off the stick roughly 10 strokes better than my norm.
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Question from Ralph W
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9/19/2014 at 3:10 AM
Paul, love your tips as always. Hey Im feeling this new energy coming from feeling more tilt due to exaggerating the angle of impact. I stand purposely more angled at the ball with almost a 35 degree feet and shoulders as though I am actually trying to hit the ball out to right field. I swing the club a few times over the ball and with this exaggeration I feel this tilting and how my body weight does more to strike the ball. And here is the real clincher which all of you have helped so much with is to power the entire swing with the rotation starting from the ground up.

I actually feel a loading sensation at the start of my swing as a put more pressure down into my feet. Now my question is this. Why does this sensation of aiming right help me to achieve this lower spin rate. Because that is what I realized as you presented, is that I am noticing this happening more and I noticed how much better the entire swing felt. Like more in control. I felt this power to actually place the ball on my next stroke. And I can do it a few times now. Its wonderful. But I have to remember this swing out towards right field in my mind and feeling. Is that strange????

After I read it I wanted to clarify one important thing. When I said aim I needed to qualify that a bit more. At the start of the swing I like to put my feet together and get perfect relaxed placement of where I want the club to be at impact and at what exact angle to the pin. So my club head is of course aimed just a bit right of the flag, but not the 30 degrees my upper body feels. And I suspect there is some degree of just feeling this angle and its probably not that big. It might even be only 15. I cant be sure.
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Question from Denny H
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9/19/2014 at 12:42 AM
I would like to know how much difference your spin rate is varying using different brands of golf balls. If you were hitting a Pro-V in that video, what would the difference be if you hit a Bridgestone e-6 or a Callaway? So what is the ideal spin rate that you are trying to achieve? And if there is one, then I would suppose that it would be easier to achieve that spin rate with one ball over another. I have no idea what my spin rates are but I try to hit slightly up o the ball wit my R-11 10 degree and use a Bridgestone e-6 to take some spin off (so they say in the ads. I average about 260 which isn't terrible for a 63 year old. If however, I could improve on that by trying another ball and not lose too much feel near the green, I would want to try it. Denny H
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Comment from Anonymous
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9/19/2014 at 12:33 AM
I don't get the point of this video at all - there's no mention of yardages, no mention of what to do differently, just a bunch of numbers on a screen. Normally i love the RG vids, but this one was just weird.
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Answer from ERIC H
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9/19/2014 at 5:29 AM
That was my thought too. Not sure what to take from it.
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Question from Larry S
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9/18/2014 at 10:50 PM
That was an eye opener. I realize it's best to hit up slightly with the driver. I don't have a trackman, but have access to an inside the building screen and attached computer. What would you consider the ideal spin rate? I can hit the ball about 200-225 yards at best now and think I have a level to up trajectory, but haven't been on that screen lately. Thanks.
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Comment from Archie B
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9/18/2014 at 9:49 PM
Your material is excellent but what's the point of inviting questions when so few are answered? Martin Chuck is specially interesting but also especially indifferent to questions. So you can't keep answering the same queries every time but this spin stuff is new to me and I've been an RG member for quite a while. Is Martin saying, for example that ripping one's wrists at impact is bad, that they shd b straight and calm?
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9/18/2014 at 10:21 PM
Hello Archie, I just answered my 20,000th question since I've been on the teaching staff of RG. That's a lot of questions over the last 3.5 years. Wrists will certainly be a part in any powerful swing, but the key is the timing of how the wrists expand their angles. If you deliver too much "spin loft," which is the dynamic loft of the club at impact (just because a club is marked 10 degrees, doesn't mean you will deliver 10 degrees) minus the angle of attack. So, if you have cuppy wrists and hit down on the ball, that will spin the ball like an iron shot. The sensation of passive wrists is more beneficial than flippy ones.
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Answer from Archie B
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9/18/2014 at 11:05 PM
Wow!! Talk about quick answer this time!!! Many thks, much appreciated.
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Comment from Steven S
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9/18/2014 at 9:38 PM
Steve from N.J. Thanks Martin. Just another great tip.
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Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/18/2014 at 10:21 PM
Thanks Steve, I appreciate the note.
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Comment from Al C
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9/18/2014 at 9:02 PM
All well and good Martin, but I doubt any of us have access to a Trackman. Could you - or one of your RG Cronies - put together a list of products out there that might be helpful to us (ie. Optishot, SureShot, SkyPro, etc) and discuss the pros and cons of each. Doesn't even have to be a video. A decent spreadsheet would to. Maybe Justin Tupper could get a commission if we link in from RG to the source.
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Answer from Glen R
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9/18/2014 at 9:58 PM
Martin has told us about the inexpensive ($200) 3BAYS swing analyzer in a pass video and said it is a helpful tool.
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/18/2014 at 10:22 PM
Hi Al, I understand. If you go to www.mytrackman.com they have a locator and in a lot of cases you can rent time on one of them for a pretty reasonable rate. I only have one and use it when I coach, so I don't rent mine, but a lot of stores do.
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Question from Ralph J
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9/18/2014 at 8:41 PM
so how do you decrease spin?
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/18/2014 at 10:29 PM
Hi Ralph, to decrease spin you need to hit level or slightly up on the ball w a tiny bit of forward shaft lean. Doing that is a little tricky. There is a bunch of "how to" in my archived videos that can help you.
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Question from Bill B
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9/18/2014 at 8:39 PM
You clearly knew what to do differently to reduce the spin from the first to the second shot. Can you explain? Bill B
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 12:58 AM
Hi Bill, on the "spinny" shot, I purposely cupped my lead wrist to cast the club a little prematurely. That adds a lot of loft and spins the ball excessively. On my normal ball, I had a pretty level strike, possibly positive, and my hands were fractionally ahead of the ball. There was a lot of loft hitting the spinny shot and not as much hitting the lower spin ball that went farther.
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Question from Ralph J
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9/18/2014 at 8:36 PM
so how is the less spin accomplished?
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 12:58 AM
Hello Ralph, on the "spinny" shot, I purposely cupped my lead wrist to cast the club a little prematurely. That adds a lot of loft and spins the ball excessively. On my normal ball, I had a pretty level strike, possibly positive, and my hands were fractionally ahead of the ball. There was a lot of loft hitting the spinny shot and not as much hitting the lower spin ball that went farther. There are a bunch of tips in the archives to help explain this, too.
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Question from Alexander K
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9/18/2014 at 8:31 PM
This is my first encounter with the term "spin loft". I'm trying to get a better understanding of the figures and would like to know what is the loft of your driver, and whether you felt that you had some shaft lean at impact. Comparing the figures, I am wondering whether you had some backward shaft lean in your first strike.
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 12:59 AM
Hello Alexander, on the "spinny" shot, I purposely cupped my lead wrist to cast the club a little prematurely. The shaft was probably leaning backward a little. That adds a lot of loft and spins the ball excessively. On my normal ball, I had a pretty level strike, possibly positive attack angle, and my hands were fractionally ahead of the ball. There was a lot of loft hitting the spinny shot and not as much hitting the lower spin ball that went farther.
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Question from Anonymous
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9/18/2014 at 6:04 PM
Why didn't you mention how much distance that the spin cost you?
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 1:36 AM
It is hard to say precisely how much distance is lost as a result of the excessive spin. Ideally, you want high launch and just enough spin to keep the ball in the air, but not too much to balloon the shot so it falls out of the sky.
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Comment from Glen R
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9/18/2014 at 6:02 PM
Thank you Martin for educating me about ball flight and spin. It is helpful to have this golf info and knowledge when trying to improve my swing. Great Trackman video series you are sharing! Last month I watched a web.com pro on the practice range with his trackman when I voluntered (walking scorer) to work the web.com tournament in Fort Wayne, IN. Very interesting watching the pros up close. Still can't figure out how most of them were hitting their drives 300 yards though! Most of them were skinny light weight men (one was only 140 lbs) and they were not coming out of their shoes to hit it that far. Tommy Gainey (39 year old PGA tour player) with a different set up style (bent way over, right arm bent, right hand VERY strong - almost underneath) was even hitting his drives out there right with the young guys. Amazing and ??? - How do they do it?
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 1:42 AM
Hi Glen, it is amazing. I don't have that kind of speed anymore. The Tour average noted by Trackman is about 113 mph with the driver. They hit the ball on the button and in most cases optimize the strike. The longest guys have a face and path that matches up nicely and they hit level or slightly up on the ball. As for how they do it, there is a lot of "momentum management," rhythm, timing and power. Those little guys are strong and fit.
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Comment from Paul G
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9/18/2014 at 5:59 PM
hey Martin great video, now what do we do about the spin ?
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Answer from Jim G
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9/18/2014 at 6:50 PM
Try and hit slightly up on the ball with the driver with center contact and that should take care of it.
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 1:42 AM
Hi Paul, on the "spinny" shot, I purposely cupped my lead wrist to cast the club a little prematurely. The shaft was probably leaning backward a little. That adds a lot of loft and spins the ball excessively. On my normal ball, I had a pretty level strike, possibly positive attack angle, and my hands were fractionally ahead of the ball. There was a lot of loft hitting the spinny shot and not as much hitting the lower spin ball that went farther.
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Comment from Don S
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9/18/2014 at 5:35 PM
Good information. Was expecting a tip or two as to how to take spin off the ball with driver but I'm sure there a several in the archives.
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Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 1:44 AM
Hi Don, on the "spinny" shot, I purposely cupped my lead wrist to cast the club a little prematurely. The shaft was probably leaning backward a little. That adds a lot of loft and spins the ball excessively. On my normal ball, I had a pretty level strike, possibly positive attack angle, and my hands were fractionally ahead of the ball. There was a lot of loft hitting the spinny shot and not as much hitting the lower spin ball that went farther.
Question from Gary G
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9/18/2014 at 5:31 PM
Hi Martin,
So the more the balls spins the higher the ball flies?

Thanks,Gary
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Answer from Jim G
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9/18/2014 at 6:51 PM
Spin increases lift and causes the ball to "balloon". Not so bad with irons into the green but not so good with driver where you want maximum distance and roll.
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 1:47 AM
Jim's response is spot on. If it spins too much, it will balloon against the air pressure and drop out of the sky with little roll.
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Question from Victor
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9/18/2014 at 5:27 PM
Great video Martin , as usual!
How does the tee height affect the attack angle and the spin? Is it better to hit off a shorter tee with slightly forward stance and the face of the driver do its natural angle of attack?
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Victor
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 1:53 AM
Hi Victor, the rule of thumb is to have half of the ball above the crown of the driver. You can strike level or slightly up with a low tee, but a higher tee helps get the attack angle upward and reduce spin.
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Comment from John W W
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9/18/2014 at 5:22 PM
Yet another excellent tip!!!
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Comment from Wayne D
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9/18/2014 at 5:18 PM
So ... my question is .. why do we place the ball forward in the stance if you don't want the extra loft? Should the ball not be in the middle of the stance where I would think the face of the club has its natural loft making contact and not on the upswing of the hoolahoop? Wayne
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Answer from Jim G
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9/18/2014 at 5:24 PM
He referred to the "dynamic "loft . Placing the ball back in the stance would cause the player to hit down on the ball, increasing the dynamic loft which increases spin rate and decreases the face loft angle - not good with driver.
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Answer from Gordon M
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9/19/2014 at 4:39 AM
hello Jim,
I find your frequent inputs to RG users questions interesting and useful.
I do have a follow-on question to your reply above,
When playing into the wind one of the recommendations is to move the ball back a little in the stance to lower the ball flight trajectory, - doesn't that cause more spin, which would be counter- productive?
Regards, Gordon.
Answer from Martin Chuck
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9/19/2014 at 1:58 AM
Wayne, hitting level or upward on the ball with a little forward shaft lean keeps the loft low enough to spin the ball as little as possible, enough to get the ball up, but not too much. It's hard to do that with the ball in the middle of the stance.