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How Your Angle of Attack Affects Spin

There’s a common misconception that hand manipulation is the only way to increase spin, particularly when chipping and pitching. Although this can definitely help, it will not do so if your angle of attack is incorrect. As is my belief with 85-90% of all shots around the green, the club needs to be traveling on a shallow path into the ball. This shallow angle of attack will allow the body and club head to keep moving through impact. Overactivity of the hands and arms will create a steeper angle of attack, exposing the leading edge, often driving it into the ground at impact. This results in slowing the body and club down, reducing spin off the club face. If you keep the club wide and shallow, it’s going to prevent the leading edge grabbing the ground through impact and continue to move through the ball.

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Brad Smith
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Written by Brad Smith