Backspin Golf Tips

11 Ways To Put Backspin
On A Golf Ball

Do you want the ball to stop near the hole, or better yet in the hole, when you make a chip shot?

You can easily do that by increasing the backspin of your golf ball.

So what is a backspin and how is it created, anyway?

If the ball spins more during its flight, then it is more likely to stop quickly when it lands on the green.

The golf ball rotates counter clockwise or backward at the moment a club hits the ball.

So, how do you put backspin on a golf ball? Angle of attack, effective loft at impact, friction, club head speed, and wind all affect how fast or slow a ball spins.

Based on these factors, here are 11 ways on how to put backspin on a golf ball.

1. Hit Golf Ball First Then Ground

If you position yourself way to the left of the ball, the tendency is you will hit the ground first, thereby losing momentum and greatly reducing ball spin.

The club head should make contact with the golf ball first before touching the ground and not the other way around.

2. Strike The Ball at a Steep Angle of Attack

A ball’s spin rate is influenced by your angle of attack. The angle of attack is the angle that the club is traveling in relation to the ground at impact.

You should hit down slightly and through the ball up to the point that you can make solid contact.

Don’t hit it totally down as if in the act of chopping the ball because it will de-loft the club face resulting to lesser spin.

3. Check Your Golf Ball Position

One of the reasons why you hit it totally down is your golf ball position is too far back.

But you know that you can’t adjust the position of the golf ball. Instead, you adjust your position.

See to it that the position of the ball on the ground is right in front of your left ear.

This position allows you to hit the ball at the bottom of the arc of your swing.

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4. Stop Flipping Your Wrist

Rotate your body continuously as you swing.

If you stop your body rotation during your downswing, then your wrist will most likely continue the swing, thereby flipping it.

Use minimal wrist hinge at impact. If you flip your wrist, then you will hit the ball so thin that it cannot create enough revolutions that you need so that the ball will stop quickly.

5. Keep Your Left Arm Straight in the Golf Swing

If you’re a right handed golfer, make sure to keep your left arm straight. Don’t break your left elbow as you make the swing. Your right elbow is the one that should bend a little. It’s not supposed to be straight.

Imagine that your left arm and the shaft is one single stick that should not be broken as you move the club head toward the ball.

In order to do that, don’t let the club rest on the ground when you set it up. It should be slightly off the ground.

With your left arm straight and the club head just behind the ball, find the arc wherein the club head will move in a sweeping motion and will not touch the ground before hitting the ball.

6. Hit Your Clubs Low On The Face

Effective loft is the actual angle of the club face during impact. It determines the amount of friction produced at impact.

The ball will spin more if you hit it on its bottom part compared to hitting it on its side.

If you’re using a wedge, the ideal strike position is on the third lowest groove of the face.

A high loft angle will result to more friction, more spin, a steeper launch angle, and shorter distance.

On the other hand, a low loft angle will produce lesser friction, less spin, less steep launch angle, and longer distance.

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7. Keep Your Golf Club And Ball Clean

Anything, whether it be grass, debris, dirt, or water, that stands in between the ball and the club face will greatly reduce backspin.

There might be times when your club head gets wet or accumulates dirt on the grooves when you do your practice swings.

That is why it is advisable that you bring a towel and a wire brush in your golf bag.

Use them to get the dirt, water, or debris off the club face, paying special attention to the grooves. Your goal is to have a clean club face and golf ball to maximize the amount of friction that can be created.

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8. Use Clubs with Milled Clubface and Sharp Grooves

Friction is not determined by a club’s effective loft angle alone. It is also influenced by the surface of the club face and the golf ball.

There are club faces that are milled or sand blasted so that it has a rough surface, thereby increasing friction.

Worn out clubs will have smoother faces and lesser friction so you will lose a lot of spin. You can have it milled or sharpen the grooves or replace it with a new one.

You need to check whether your club still has deep grooves for better traction or has thinned out.

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9. Use High Spin Golf Balls

Are you wondering why professional golfers create more backspin?

One of the main reasons is that they are using premium golf balls that are designed to really spin more.

These balls are covered soft urethane for the purpose of adding more friction when it is hit by the club.

If you consider yourself as one who usually hits the ball straight, then it is wise to invest in soft-covered golf balls to boost their spin.

But if you struggle in hitting straight shots and tend to hit more slice or hook shots, then it is not advisable to use this kind of ball with soft cover because it will just amplify the curving path that it takes.

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But make sure that the golf ball that you are using is approved by the United States Golf Association (USGA). USGA tests golf balls and checks whether they abide by the Rules of Golf. It publishes a monthly list of approved golf balls including their spin rate. You can access the list online or download it here. With the list, you can know which golf ball spins faster when it is struck with a driver or with an iron.

10. Increase Club Head Speed

The faster the club head is moving at impact, the faster the ball will spin. How do you make the club head to move faster?

The harder you swing, the faster your swing speed, the faster the club head moves, the more backspin your ball is going to have.

You can use a launch monitor to measure your swing speed.

One important tip is to have your club fitted so that you can maximize the distance that you can achieve with your swing speed.

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11. Drive It Low When It’s Windy

The faster the club head is moving at impact, the faster the ball will spin. How do you make the club head to move faster?

The harder you swing, the faster your swing speed, the faster the club head moves, the more backspin your ball is going to have.

You can use a launch monitor to measure your swing speed.

One important tip is to have your club fitted so that you can maximize the distance that you can achieve with your swing speed.

Key Takeaway

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These 11 backspin golf tips will put more backspin to your golf ball. Always remember to hit the ball first before you hit the turf. Your angle of attack should be steeper or down on the ball. Your ball should be positioned in front of your left ear. Avoid flipping or cupping your wrist as you hit the ball. Make sure that your left arm is straight as you swing. Strike your club on the bottom or lower portion of its face. Your club and ball should be free from any debris or water. Check your club if it still has a rough face and if the grooves are still sharp. Use the best golf balls for spin. Swing your club faster. And finally, drive it low when it’s breezy.

Now, why exert all these effort to create backspin? It’s because when you have more backspin as the ball flies, it will eventually land and stop or spin backward after it hits the green. That’s sweet!