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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Talking About Spin Control (Video)

I just wanted to post this short video from Rex Hoggard because of some numbers he gave.

Why I find this fascinating -- that Rory gets so much more spin on the greens than DJ (13000 rpm VS 10000 rpm) but it didn't really help him at Augusta -- is because Rory is usually considered a 'soft course' favorite but it actually worked against him last week.

And when the greens started drying out over the weekend I would have thought more spin would have given Rory a real advantage over DJ, who is on record as saying that he doesn't even try to get all the length he's capable of. In other words, DJ gets less spin because he doesn't create as much clubhead speed -- and he does that on purpose.

I think the lesson here is that distance control is more important than spin. You'll get a decent amount of spin if you hit the ball in the center of the clubface, but all the spin in the world won't help you if you hit the ball into the wrong spots on the green. Just look at the difference between Rory's and DJ's approaches to 15 on Sunday and you'll see what I mean.

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