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How to “Spin” a Golf Ball

We have all seen the guys on TV hitting greens and seeing the golf ball zip back. If you want to impress the ladies or playing partners read below. This guide is courtesy of

  1. Use a short iron or wedge. It is difficult for most amateurs to get enough height on the ball, which is a requisite for backing up the ball. For that reason, you should not try to impart backspin on shots with clubs longer than a seven iron.
  2. Start practicing this shot with a lob wedge. It will give you confidence as you hit longer shots later. Position the golf ball more toward your back foot, rather than in the center of your stance as you would on a regular shot. That will force you to hit down on the ball, which will create backspin. Swing down hard and hit the ball first, taking a divot in front of it after the ball is struck.
  3. Hit this shot if your ball is resting in a clean lie on the fairway. Making a golf ball back up from the rough is difficult, even for the most talented professionals.
  4. Choose the right golf ball to help you create backspin. Generally, a golf ball with a wound center will improve your ability to impart backspin, rather than one with a hard center. A golf ball with a 10 compression is used by golfers who hit the ball hard and far. However, if you are into both backing up your golf ball as well as distance, you may find a 90 compression ball more to your liking.
  5. Try adding backspin to your golf ball only if you are hitting into the wind. Even the professionals do not try it if they are hitting downwind. By hitting the ball into the wind, it will travel higher and most likely have maximum backspin.

You need to be playing on a golf course with decent greens. If you are playing on a course which has bad greens, with long grass or holes/ divots it will be almost impossible to put a lot of spin on your shots. Also you need a good quality golf ball (soft type). If you are using a beaten-up used golf ball taken from a bargain bucket 10 years ago, the chances are no spin!

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