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Two Simple Tweaks to Help Golfers Compress the Ball

Last Updated: July, 8 2024
Two Simple Tweaks to Help Golfers Compress the Ball

Golf instructors have discovered that with just a couple minor adjustments to setup and swing technique, amateur golfers can learn to compress the golf ball like the pros. Compressing the ball at impact produces optimal ball flight and more distance.


Two tweaks that can help golfers better compress the ball: Compression occurs when the ball changes shape briefly upon impact due to clubhead speed and strike. This produces critical backspin that allows for higher, softer shots.


The first tweak is to address the ball with a slight lean forward of the grip end of the club, about two inches. This presets the hands in a better position to hit down on the ball. Most amateurs swing upward toward the ball, which leads to fat shots and chunks. The forward lean helps them swing on a better downward plane.


The second adjustment is to shift more weight toward the lead leg during the downswing. Top players don't just swing down, they transfer weight forward towards impact. When combining the downward strike with weight transfer, it creates smooth compression and more power.


True compression comes from solid technique, not just speed. While pros generate speed and backspin through ideal mechanics, accomplished through years of practice, amateurs can still compress the ball effectively with a few small tweaks. The dual adjustments of forward shaft lean and weight shift are recommended for improved contact and performance.


With a bit of focus on setup and weight transfer, golfers of all skill levels may find themselves launching the ball like a tour pro after reading this informative article on an easy path to better ball compression. Mastery of these fundamentals could unlock new distance and accuracy.



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What are the best techniques for amateur golfers to compress the ball?


Shaft Lean

At address, lean the grip end of your club shaft forward by about two inches. This helps create a more fluid compression by combining the downward motion of the clubhead with the forward motion of your body at impact.


Weight Shift and Palm Down Strike

Put your weight on your lead side (60–70%) and strike with your palm down. By doing this, you can hit the ball more solidly and with improved ball flight because your hands will be ahead of the clubhead at impact.


Deloft the Club

Try to deloft the clubface on impact by getting your hands in front of the clubhead. This ensures more of the ball is in contact with the clubface, transferring the most energy for a solid hit, better ball flight and more control.


Practice the Impact Position

Get a feel for the proper impact position by practicing it without the ball first. Your weight should be 60-70% on your lead side, hands ahead of the ball, and clubface delofted.


Take Half Swings

After practicing the impact position, take some half swings focusing on the bottom half of your swing. This helps groove the proper technique before taking it to a full swing.


Use the Right Golf Ball for Your Swing Speed

Choosing a golf ball with the right compression for your swing speed can significantly impact your ability to compress the ball. Higher compression balls are better for faster swing speeds.


Amateur golfers can improve their ability to compress the golf ball and achieve more ball flight, control, and distance by putting these strategies into practice on a regular basis.





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Michael is an avid golfer himself, having played competitively in college. After graduating, he pursued a career in golf course management and travel writing. He has played and reviewed hundreds of golf courses globally, and is considered an expert on golf course architecture, playing conditions, and the best golf destinations for travelers. His articles provide golfers with valuable insights to plan their next golf vacation.

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