Originally Posted by odb
I'm interested in these low spinny wedge shots. I'll hit one randomly every once in awhile that comes off very low and just feels like the club "threw" the ball off the face and hits and stops dead.
Biggest influences we are finding are: shallow angle of attack (letting the club "bruise" the ground, not gauge a divot), large amount of shaft lean (around 10 degrees), and low contact on the face of the club. Many players have been able to get more consistency by practicing with a less lofted club and working on coming in very shallow while keeping the handle very far ahead of the face. This will help the ball contact lower on the face. Obviously, clean, sharp grooves and a tour caliber ball increase spin as well. We are doing more research on turf conditions and the effect on spin on the wedge shots. Most players feel that firm conditions will increase spin, but have been able to get some great numbers from advanced players on softer turf and, in some cases, out of very light rough, with the proper spin loft. Spin loft is dynamic loft - angle of attack, which means that the common thought of hitting down on the ball will create more spin is simply not true. By moving the ball further back in the stance will create more angle of attack, but the dynamic loft will be offset by a similar amount, so spin loft will be unchanged. The other big factor is speed - more speed with the conditions above (primarily spin loft)will create more spin.