What is golf ball compressing shot? The definition of this may be somewhat subjective a little bit. It depends on whom you are asking. However, in general, it is a shot with a short backswing, particularly in the stage of follow through. Depending on who is performing the shots and situations in golf courses, it might be called a golf ball compression, golf ball squeezing or a certain name.
Why do you need to make a ball compressing shot?
When watching golf shows on TV, you could see that the professional golfers often perform the ball compression. There are many reasons to do this, but the main ones are:
– To keep the line of play lower than usual, especially this technique is very useful in the event of high winds).
– To get a better sense of power and distance control (it is useful when the distance is between two clubs).
– To reduce the spin of the golf ball (assuming it’s a good shot, the stronger it is, the greater its’ spin is. Good golfers never want to make shots with maximum spin).
– When backswing or follow through are obstructed (in the cases that cannot be avoided such as when the ball near a tree)
This is a situation you can imagine when a ball compressing shot is used: it is about 80 more yards to get the ball near the hole area on Par 5 in the conditions of a quite strong headwind. In that situation, you do not have to hit the ball over bunkers or lakes and flags close to hole area. If you make a shot with your full power by a pitching wedge as usual, the ball will fly very high and be affected more than in a low shot. Because there is only grass from where you make a shot to the flag without bunkers or lakes ahead, a ball compressing shot by a wedge to the hole area will be more reasonable, and it allows the ball to rebound towards the flag and then stop after the second or third bounce.
The secret to making a successful compressing shot with a wedge is the way we prepare for our posture before the swing.
How to prepare for our posture:
– Make the face of the wedge perpendicular to the direction of the shot.
– Let hold the wedge as usual
– Make your legs spread across your shoulder, and the left foot (for right-handers) slightly pointed toward the goal to be able to rotate the hips easier.
– The ball must be located wholly on the right, close to the inside of your right foot.
– The position of your hands to hold the wedge is as usual but right near the inside of your left thigh. Therefore, naturally, your hands stay ahead the ball more than usual. It reduces the level of the ball’s soar and makes a favorable condition for a successful ball compressing shot.
– Put 65% of your weight on the left foot, and the rest on the other.
How to swing
The distance of the swing depends on how far you want to hit the ball. Keep your backswing stable and maintain relationships between hands and the face of the wedge perpendicular to the direction of the shot as when you just touch the ball. This is a desperate low shot toward the flag. Follow through will almost pull the entire of your weight on the left leg with a slight backswing.