How To Compress The Golf Ball (5 Keys)

If you have ever compressed a golf ball, you know the magical feeling of a well struck shot.

A golfer could hit 20 bad shots and then hit that one shot that they compress.  This shot will keep them coming back.

There is truly something special about compressing a golf ball.  The feeling, the ball flight and often the results are impressive.

So how do you make this happen more often?  Below, I dive into 5 keys that will help you compress the golf ball more often.

How To Compress The Golf Ball?

There are 5 Keys to compressing the ball. They are:

  • Ensure your weight is forward at impact
  • Maintain the proper angles in your wrist
  • Have the correct angle of attack
  • Maintain your speed
  • Have the right tempo
Compressing a golf ball feels amazing. Check out the 5 keys below!

Key #1: Ensure your weight is forward at impact

There are multiple ways to get your weight forward at impact, but the bottom line is that your weight needs to be predominantly forward to truly compress the ball.  For the high handicap golfer, they will often get stuck with too much weight on the back leg causing the golf to flip their hands through the shot.  This adds loft and takes away the compression.

Checking out the impact position of the professional golfers will show you that they have the weight transferred and their hips are pretty open.  This allows the golfer to maintain the proper wrist angles all the way through the shot.

When the body stalls, the hands will often flip, causing golfers to lose the maximum amount of compression on the golf ball.  For years, many golfers would slide, stall and flip.  Instead, get the weight transwered, but keep your head behind the ball and keep moving through the ball and have a slight feel of swinging left.

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Key #2: Maintain the proper angles in your wrist

This is the most important part of the compression.  Here is something you can do to see what angles your wrists should be at.

Stand up and put your arms straight out in front of you, with your thumgs on top.  If you are right handed, go ahead and bend your wrists so that your fingers are pointed away from where your target would be.  

Now bend over into your golf stance and look at the angles of your wrist and hands.  In order to get your maximum compression, you want your wrists somewhere close to this angle.  While you might not be able to maintain all of this angle, this is a generalization and feeling you can work on.

The feeling I like to use is slapping the golf ball with the back of my left hand.  At impact my hand would be pointing back and then through impact it whips through.  I have hit some of my best compressed shots when doing this.  The key is to keep your body moving on the backswing and through the downswing and match it up with this feeling in the left hand.  It can cause some amazing compression that will keep you playing the game!

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Key #3: Have the correct angle of attack

While hitting down on a golf ball doesn’t cause compression, you do want 3-4 degrees down in your angle of attack with irons.  This keeps you moving down and through the ball and maintaining those angles.  It helps reduce some loft in the club and produce a ball flight that is ideal for your irons. 

For some golfers, as they start to swing up at a golf shot, they will often flip the right hand through the shot, which adds loft and reduces the compression.  Instead, hit down and through the shot with the feeling of slapping in the back of your left hand and wrist.

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Key #4: Maintain your speed

The highest handicap golfer might try to slow down their swing through impact to try to reach the perfect impact.  The perfect impact is a result of the proper movements and not something that you can force.  Getting the right body movement, wrists movements and thoughts of focusing on the target will aid in the proper release, getting you in a good impact position. 

This all starts with maintaining your speed through the hitting zone without getting jerky or jumping too hard through the hitting zone.

For many golfers, once they stop trying to control every little detail of their swing and instead focus on the target with a simple thought like using the back of your left hand or the palm of your right hand they will get the results they are seeking and the compression that feels amazing.

Key #5: Have the right tempo

Similar to the speed key above, the golfer will hit better shots with more compression once he or she has the right tempo.  I believe in the Tour Tempo approach of a 3:1 ratio.  I would highly recommend checking out Tour Tempo and using their timing app to see what ratio your swing is. 

My current swing tempo is a 21:7 ratio, after some years playing at the 24:8 ratio.  If your backswing is in the 30s, you are swinging too slow and will struggle with distance and compression.

Professional golfers are impressive with compressing the ball. Head out to a local event and watch them on the range.


I believe many used to believe, well this is just how fast I can swing.  

Recent training tools have started to change many minds.  We have seen many of the professional golfers get longer and longer with their tee shots as a result of additional swing speed.  You will find many touring pros using the SuperSpeed System, which I highly recommend.

As soon as the golfer starts to try to get more power by swinging harder on the course, they will often lose consistency..  Instead the golfer should train for additional distance and speed in specific training sessions.

Let’s face it, we all want to hit the ball further!  The good news…there is a way to increase your driver distance that doesn’t include spending $500 on a new driver.

You can train for speed and get some amazing results with SuperSpeed Golf.  It worked for me and I believe it can work for many (especially if you make a commitment and actually use it)

I believe many used to believe, well this is just how fast I can swing.  

Recent training tools have started to change many minds.  We have seen many of the professional golfers get longer and longer with their tee shots as a result of additional swing speed.  You will find many touring pros using the SuperSpeed System, which I highly recommend.

SuperSpeed Golf is one option to increase your swing speed through a science based overspeed training approach.  In simple terms, you train by swinging a lighter club (20%) faster than you swing your driver.  Over time, by training at a higher speed, your mind and body feel safe to swing that fast with your normal driver, resulting in an increase in driver swing speed.

The SuperSpeed System provides 3 different weighted sticks and takes the golfer through a training protocol every other day for about 15 minutes.  The golfer can expect to see a 5-8% increase in swing speed, resulting in 20-30 yards for most golfers.  The great news is that the 5-8% can be expected as early as the first training session.  The additional speed will become more permanent after about 30-60 days of training.

My own experience has been an increase of 7-10 miles per hour on average from between 98-101 all the way up to 106-109.  My goal is to hit the PGA Tour average of 113 mph in the coming months.  I will continue to train every other day and watch in amazement as I am hitting drivers longer now than ever before!

Phil Mickelson has been known to increase his swing speed in the past year or so and is close to 120 miles per hour in his swing speed.  There are potential results for golfers of all ability levels and age!  

Check the current price on SuperSpeed Golf System, here!

Original Swing SpeedAfter 4-6 WeeksNew Carry DistanceTotal Distance
A complete game changer! The additional speed is so helpful!

Take Action – What You Can Do Today to Get Better

What does this mean for you?  I believe in the following recipe to get better:

1 – Improve your motion in the golf swing by identifying a golf instructor.  Here are some options:

Here is a list of golf instructors that we have reviewed:

2 – Train to swing faster and improve your swing speed.  Here are some options:

Looking to gain more Speed and Distance in your swing. Two Options:

3 – Understand course strategy and work to break through your next barrier.  Here is a series on breaking through:

We have provided guides on how to break 100, 90, 80 and 70. Check out more below, if interested.

4 – Practice Frequently

Did you know that I build a golf simulator in my garage and have played over 500 rounds of golf on my SkyTrak system?  It has been a game changer and one worth checking out. Here are some of my other posts on golf simulators frequently asked questions:

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