Placing Backspin on Your Golf Ball
To hit a shot that draws back quickly 5-10 feet after landing like it was on a string, is putting backspin on a golf ball which isn’t easy. You need the correct technique and the right conditions to do it. You also need the precise ball. However, once you know how, you’ll start hitting it closer to those tricky pin placements.
Putting backspin on a golf ball is like putting backspin on a cue ball. To do that you hit downward on the bottom half of the cue ball with considerable force. Striking the ball at a steep angle, and increasing the speed as it moves toward impact.
To put backspin on the ball, the goal is to “nip” the ball between the club and the fairway. You not only need to hit downward on the ball with a reasonable amount of force, you also must make clean contact on the lower portion of the ball. It’s crucial to have a clean club with some grip left on its face and a new ball when applying backspin.
The combination of all these factors–angle of hit, force, and clean contact–puts backspin on the ball. Coordinating all these features in your swing is why it takes several golf lessons to learn.
You also need definite conditions to do it. Below are the three conditions you need before hitting the shot. If these aspects are missing, forget about putting backspin on the ball.
- Conditions must be reasonably dry
- You must be on the fairway
- Greens have to be in good shape
Backspin is used as hit a pitch-and-stop shot. This type of shot is best used from about 25 to 30 yards away when you have an obstacle– bunker, water, rough between you and the green.
Clearly, you can’t hit the ball on the ground it is important to hit a high shot over the obstacle. If you put enough backspin on the ball, it takes a bounce or two and stops.
If possible, you’d like to hit the green about 10 to 15 feet from the pin and stop the ball a few feet from the hole, leaving you a short putt. If you fail to put enough backspin on the ball, however, it probably will roll off the green, especially if it is slanted or firm. Use a 9 iron or a pitching wedge. The wedge has a high loft, and a large flange, which prevents it from digging into the turf. The divot need not be big or deep. Keep your head down until your right arm pushes it up.
Use a high spin/soft cover ball for pitch-and-stop shots. There are three types of spin. The low spinning golf ball helps reduce side spin, which in turn helps decrease the big slice or hook. It doesn’t carry as far as the others, but it makes up for it with roll. This ball is suitable for players with high golf handicaps.
The mid-spinning ball provides more feel than the low spin ball, but doesn’t roll as far, even though it travels quite far. The mid-spin ball also varies depending on the maker. It is better suited for golfers with mid-range golf handicaps.
The high spinning ball gets more carry than the other types of balls, but it won’t roll far when it hits the ground. This ball offers more feel and control, however, than a mid-spin ball, a huge advantage around the greens. It’s the added spin that offers the increased control for the player. It’s the type of ball players with low golf handicaps use.
Practice improves your ability to put backspin on a golf ball, but bear in mind that the shot is one of the hardest to master in golf so don’t spend the majority of your practice time trying to master this shot.