The Secrets to Mastering the Art of Backspin on Your Golf Ball

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There are many factors to be considered when attempting to put backspin on your wedge shots.

• Which way is the wind blowing?
• Are the greens running or holding?
• What sort of lie do you have?
• What kind of ball are you using?
• What technique should I use?

These things will all have an influence on how much spin you should or can put on your wedge shots.

The Wind & Course Conditions

Conditions of the golf course are an important factor in deciding how much spin you should put on the ball. The type and the length of the grass on the fairway will affect how to deal with the shot. You should put more spin on your shots hit from shorter, denser grass than longer, thinner grass because the ball will sit up better.

The wind direction needs to be taken into account also as this affects how much spin you use. With the wind at your tail, the ball will spin less, than if the wind is face on. The condition of the greens will have a major effect on the amount the ball will spin for you. You will get more spin on soft, fast greens than you will on firm or slow greens.

Playing the Lie

For the ball to have the greatest amount of spin on it, it must be lying cleanly with the least amount of grass behind it, allowing a greater amount of friction to be gained between the clubface and the ball. This will allow you to create a greater amount of spin on the ball.

Tall grass will make it very difficult to get the required amount of spin due to the fact that less club face will make contact with the ball, thereby reducing the amount of friction possible, and therefore less spin.

Your Equipment and ball type

The type of golf ball you use does have a big impact on ball spin also. A hard covered ball with hard core will not spin nearly as much as a soft covered ball with a softer core.

It is also important to note that a wedge which has a rough face that can create more friction will give you more spin on the ball. Your Technique

Begin by moving your weight more towards your front with your front foot ( left foot ) approximately two thirds in front of the ball and one third behind, with the club pointing forwards towards your left knee.

On the backswing, keep your weight forward, and point your upper body to the target. When swinging the club back, ensure an upright path, to allow a downward strike of the ball. Keep your upper body still and keep your arms and hands in front of you.

Make sure your hands are in front of the ball at impact, with the shaft angled at the target and with your right knee driving forward. Keep the hands in front making sure you strike down on the ball hitting it first, and then the ground. Ensure your arms remain in the V formation, thereby not releasing the club, and instead rotate the body through the shot and accelerate club head speed to promote spin. Slowing the speed will decrease spin.

Maybe, you can practice your technique, by taking swings in front of a mirror to ensure you are making the correct moves or even set up a video camera. Work on your technique and then practice with short shots on a practice course before introducing this technique to your game.

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