Advanced Golf Lessons: How to Compress the Ball for More Power
Compressing the golf ball for more power is especially important off the tee when you want to get maximum distance from your driver. We've all watched the super-slow-motion videos from tour events on television where the ball can actually be seen changing shape at impact. The ball flattens as the energy of the clubface is transferred into it at impact. Then the ball regains its shape as it rebounds off the face at the beginning of its flight. The face is only in contact with the ball for a fraction of a second. You have to maximize the energy transfer in that small period of time to take full advantage and achieve maximum power and distance.
Make contact in the “sweet spot”
Every driver has a location on the face where maximum energy transfer will result from contact with the ball there. That's called the club's “sweet spot.” In most drivers today that spot is located in the center of the face just above the center line. Research has shown that many recreational golfers, more often than not, make contact toward the toe. So some manufacturers of game-improvement drivers locate the “sweet spot” closer to the toe to help these recreational golfers make more consistently solid contact.
Greater clubhead speed creates greater rebound and ball speed
The average tour pro generates over 112 miles-per-hour of clubhead speed. That allows them to transfer incredible energy into the back of the ball at impact. It creates a tremendous amount of rebound and generates the fast ball speeds needed to give them incredible power and distance off the tee. Tour pros use golf balls with a high compression designed to take full advantage of their high swing speeds to create the maximum amount of energy transfer and power. The average recreational golfer swings at a much lower speed. Using the same high-compression golf balls tour pros use might not work as well for them.
Try a lower-compression golf ball
Golfers who swing with slower swing speeds than the typical tour pro could benefit from hitting a golf that has a lower compression. These golf balls generate more rebound and faster ball speeds for golfers with slower swing speeds to maximize power and distance for them. It's an easy way for golfers with slower-than-tour-pro swing speeds to add power and distance without changing their golf swing. Using a ball with a lower compression and making contact in the sweet spot are ways you can compress the ball for more power.