Spinny or not? Follow these tips!

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Thanks to Chisolm Woodson for submitting this great article on the workings of the trackball and how spinning the trackball affects your shot!  So here we go…

The best way to test spinny versus non is on the practice range.  It’s a real eye-opener to hit ball after ball from the same tee and see the other balls that you have hit still there.  I set the range on my machine to 100 balls (vendor setting), but most are at 25, which is fine.  The fact that you have to play stock clubs and stock balls is irrevelant, because the key to seeing what spinny does is in the repitition.

A spinny c-3 makes a HUGE difference.  The key is not the fact that it was pulled back to C — it’s the fact that you are hitting it to 3.  Try this as a test, and you will see what I mean — pull back straight to B, don’t play a spinny, and hit as far to 3 as you can, and as hard as you can.  Do this for ten shots, and you will see all of your balls clumped pretty close together, except for shots where the trackball was extrememly miss-hit.

Now, do the same for ten more, pulling back to B, then hitting a spinny to 3.  It doesn’t matter which way you spin it after the initial pullback is full and the club head is at the top.  For this test, just spinny it straight back, then wham it out to 3.  You will see that these next 10 balls will be close together, but in a different spot than the first 10.

Now try the same test doing a pull back to B, and then shoot 10 shots to 1 without a spinny, and then 10 with.  You will see there is basically NO difference!  That is one of the biggest misconceptions about spinny shots — that a spinny 1 is just as effective as a spinny to 3.  It’s not!

It doesn’t have anything to do with how the program is written; rather, it’s how the 3 bearings are set up on the trackball.  The two active ones are at 12 o’clock and 9 o’clock.  There is one more at 4:30, but it doesn’t have any sensors on it.

When you hit to 1, you are hitting directly between both sensors, both at a 45 degree angle.  When you hit to 3, you are hitting to the top sensor (the one that reads forward/backward) at a 45 degree angle, but you are hitting away from the one at 9 o’clock (the one that reads left/right).  And, with the dummy bearing at 4:30, that is why you can hear and feel the track ball “jump” when you hit it out to 3.   So, the 9 o’clock bearing has a hard time accurately reading the direction when it is hit away from it if the ball is not spinning.  If you don’t hit a clean shot out to 3, the ball may go straight instead of right, and this is why!

Now, if the track ball is spinning, the sensors are already picking up a reading, so it recognizes the instant change of direction before the track ball jumps off of it.  Also, I think that the added rotation helps to keep the ball from jumping as much, but I believe the sensor being active is the key.  I don’t work for Happ (company that makes the trackballs), so I can’t say which of the two are the reasons for sure… but, I do know that the location of the bearings, and especially the two active ones, are the reason that a spinny out to the right changes the outcome.

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4 Responses »

  1. I read this article and then went to a 2010 machine… how do you access the practice range?

  2. After asking around, I found out that the practice range has been REMOVED in 2010! So, you’d have to find a 2009 or earlier machine to hit up the practice range. IT has been informed that we are upset about this!

  3. what does “spinny” mean????

  4. You keep the ball spinning on your pullback. So you pull back to A, for example, but keep the ball spinning as you hit it forward to 1…as opposed to the ball not being in motion when you hit it.

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