Jason Dufner: Spin Control

Jason Dufner discusses spin control in his wedges.


We've seen a lot of the pros that we've talked to on our show that they're so engaged in their set, they're so interested in their set. Colt Knost-- each one of them has their own specific ideas of-- Colt is just like you. He fills every gap. He doesn't want to hit any big shots--

He just wants to swing it. And I think that's where technology has taken us. We can start to see, all right, this club goes this far in normal conditions. And then you work off those baselines.

You use what's called a spinner shaft.

Spinner shaft. Since they went away from you U-grooves on the wedges-- throughout the bag, but mostly the wedges. I have spinner shafts in my wedges. I feel like it gives me a little bit more grab. Changes how the club loads, is all it does.

And you've proved it to yourself. The reason you have the spinner shaft in there is when you measure it on your TrackMan, you see more spin on the ball.

Especially out of the rough. Fairway was pretty close. But out of the rough, however that shaft was loading, I was getting some more grab.

So the problem that you solved there was, when you did go in the rough and you had to say an approach shot to a par 5, you specifically put the spinner shaft in there so that if you were in the rough you could get more grab.

Yeah. Just trying to reduce what they took away with the U-groove. The U-grooves used to spin crazy, crazy-- everywhere.

We're talking about the old square grooves, box groove, whatever you want to call them.

Whatever you want to call them. Now we've gone back to these V-grooves. Took some spin off, so it made it tougher. So try to narrow that gap, get that spin, get the ball to stop in all situations.

And a lot of people would say, Well, wouldn't that make the ball go shorter? And you would say yes.

It does.

But you don't care on wedges.

I'm not big on distance with wedges. I'm looking for accuracy. Not only trajectory, distance, margin, left or right, and I'm looking for grab. Because on the tour we play firm, fast greens. I need the ball to stop and all kinds of different conditions-- down wind, into the wind, pins tucked over bunkers, out of the rough, out of the first cut, out of the fairway. From 40 yards all the way to 125 yards I need every one of those wedges--

To stop.

To stop.

You don't want to spin backward. You want to bang. You want lower trajectory, skip.

I like the ones that kind of take that little skip, depending on how firm it is. Sometimes it's 30 feet, sometimes it's 10 feet. But you get that skip, and then it grabs, and then it-- That's control to me. That's controlling the golf ball, that's controlling your swing, that's understanding what I'm doing is going to make this ball do it. I think when people see that backspin, that's a mistake more often than not.

That's not control.

That's zero control.