Adjusting to a Different Ball

As I mentioned yesterday, I have switched to my fall ball: the Wilson 50. It is a ‘no-brainer’ to make the move, but there is always a period of adjustment. It is not anything critical, but it something I must be aware of during the transition. Primarily, the greatest adjustment occurs in my short game. It takes about 15 minutes on the practice area to make the change and it is worth every second that I practice.

As you know, the strokes used in my short game are described as:

Although all three are affected, my chipping is influenced the most the two piece ball. I find it difficult to get the same spin on the ball and as a result the ball releases further than my 3 or 4 piece balls. Additionally, the cooler temperatures prevent the face of my wedge from grabbing my ball, thus reducing the back spin.

As I chip, I found that my ball release twice as far as normal on most shots. This left me with longer putts than normal, good thing my putting was up to par. Therefore, I adjusted by hitting the ball shorter in the air to make sure it results in a shorter roll out. After about 4 holes (and 15 minutes of practice) I was seeing positive results on my score card. I am now adjusted to my fall ball and look forward to keeping my scores low.

Adjusting to a new ball is as important in the fall as in the summer. When I play any round, I try to use the same make and model of ball for the entire round. If I lose a Pro V1, I replace it with a Pro V1; it only make sense. Each ball reacts differently to your club during cold or warm temperatures, so changing to a different brand or model of ball will affect your short game. Therefore, I recommend that you use the same ball for the entire 18 holes; it is one factor you can control during your entire round.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.

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