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    Global Moderator Twire's Avatar
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    Nov 2008
    Exeter..ish - Devon

    Roll out or back spin?

    Just reading the Groove Sharpener thread got me thinking.

    I use old 52 and 56 wedges, probably 6-7 years old their battered and bruised, but I've never thought of sharpening or reconditioning/replacing them. I use them alot around the greens, full shots and bunkers. I never have any problem stopping them on full shots, probably due to the height i get with them, or from the bunker. Around the greens I'm quite happy as I personally believe roll out is more predictable than back spin for a handicap golfer like myself (12) the pureness of strike is not in my locker to get any consistent zip, so I change the trajectory with ball position to get different rollouts.

    So my question for you handicap golfers, are you more consistent with rollout or backspin?
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    Re: Roll out or back spin?

    As you say, it's relevant to strike and lie. Ball in semi...its rolling out, clean strike off fairway and it's stop. Personally I'd rather have stop than roll out.

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    Oldbury, west mids

    Re: Roll out or back spin?

    I get no spin at all, it's all rollout.
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    Tour Winner Khamelion's Avatar
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    Jul 2011

    Re: Roll out or back spin?

    I firmly believe that there is an invisible dome over the hole about 6 feet in diameter.

    When I hit a shot that lands in front of the hole and requires the ball to roll forward, the ball hits the dome and gets backspin.

    When I hit a shot that lands behind the hole and requires the ball to backspin, the ball hits the dome and rolls forward.

    Needless to say I'm not that close on a regular enough basis to worry about backspin.

    The only time I've had backspin recently was after dumping two balls into a pond and hitting off some hard packed ground, anger helped me catch the ball flush, launched a 56 degree wedge, hit the green and spun back about 18 feet, the ball had landed within 4 feet of the flag, some forward roll there would've been nice. Hence proving my point above.
    Last edited by Khamelion; 07-Jun-2018 at 13:28.

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    Journeyman Pro anotherdouble's Avatar
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    Mar 2010

    Re: Roll out or back spin?

    Roll out for me as I find it far easy to control and to get the consistency

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    Ryder Cup Winner patricks148's Avatar
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    Jun 2009

    Re: Roll out or back spin?

    At the moment our Greens are like concrete, so its quite difficult to stop it unless you are into the wind. But that's part of the skill and course knowledge of playing in these condition.

    Played Downfield last week and the greens were quite receptive, even though it was quite firm on the whole

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    Global Moderator brendy's Avatar
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    Bangor, Co. Down

    Re: Roll out or back spin?

    It absolutely depends on each occasion, a tight flag coming on from the side I will try and nip it a little cleaner in the hope it does bite a little, if it has 40 feet of clear fringe/green Ill let it roll out.
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    Journeyman Pro Capella's Avatar
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    Nov 2015

    Re: Roll out or back spin?

    A typical full wedge shot off the fairway for me drops, hops once (3 to 6 ft) and stops. No zip-back, no real rollout either. Which is nice, because I can aim right at the flag. The irons roll out. So do half shots with the wedges and everything I hit out of the rough. Which is usually okay. I tend to be short rather than long anyway.
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    Money List Winner Lord Tyrion's Avatar
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    Sep 2014

    Re: Roll out or back spin?

    I'm a high h/c and don't get backspin on purpose. I get some in wet weather but if the greens are dry it doesn't happen at all. I know that so hit my shots accordingly. My parkland course is currently very dry so on some greens I am playing approach shots like a links course and landing short and rolling on. On other greens I am factoring in the roll out to the shot. I'd love to have the option of backspin but it is not there for me.
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    Oct 2013

    Re: Roll out or back spin?

    Ive only ever had backspin once, not even sure how I did it to be honest.
    is it club head speed that produces the spin?
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