How To Avoid Creating Too Much Spin With Your Driver

PGA pro Ben Emerson offers some tips on how to optimise launch conditions with the driver...

How To Avoid Creating Too Much Spin With Your Driver
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There’s nothing worse than nailing a drive and looking up to see your ball stalling in the air. That’s why we asked PGA professional Ben Emersen to explain how to avoid creating too much spin with your driver. Check out the video and article below in which Ben discusses everything you need to know...

Once you've checked your driver address position, the first thing to do is work out why you’re spinning the ball too much, and that’s where modern technology can really help. In this day and age, it pays to spend some time on one of the best golf launch monitors - whether that’s a Trackman or one of the more portable options - to gather accurate and effective information you can use to improve the efficiency of your delivery and flight. 

And there are two numbers we want you to focus on in particular: your attack angle and dynamic loft. 

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Attack angle relates to the angle at which the club is travelling at impact. If you’re hitting too far down or up on the ball, it can have a negative impact on your ability to maximise distance and accuracy. After all, for those who play in windy conditions, too much spin can impact direction as well as distance. 

The dynamic loft is simply the loft on the club at impact. Again, too much or too little can have a profound impact on the shots you’re able to hit. 

How To Avoid Creating Too Much Spin With Your Driver

Hitting down on the ball, as illustrated above, is likely to increase the spin loft with with your driver

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These numbers together can be used to calculate a golfer’s spin loft, which determines how much spin is imparted on the ball. The spin loft is the difference between the angle of attack and the dynamic loft, and the higher the difference, the more spin you’ll be creating. Hopefully that’s simple enough to understand.

In an ideal world, you want to have a positive angle of attack, with a dynamic loft not too dissimilar to the basic loft on the driver at address; this will keep the spin loft in an efficient window.


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How To Avoid Creating Too Much Spin With Your Driver

Hitting up on the ball, creating a positive angle of attack, should reduce the amount of spin you impart on the ball

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If it transpires that you’re generating too much spin, the first thing to look at is your address position. Using alignment sticks or another club, make sure you’ve got the ball far enough forward in your stance. From there, set up as if the ball was in the middle of your stance, which will encourage you to hit up through impact.

To summarise, it’s really important to work out why you’re creating too much spin. Nowadays, there are countless facilities equipped with launch monitors available for hire at a pretty affordable rate. An hour would be enough time to get a handle on the numbers we’ve discussed and to start the journey to more penetrating tee shots.

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1