What Is Backspin

Backspin is when your ball spins backwards after you apply the right technique to your shot. Not only does it look cool when it hits the green and spins back and then stops but it also helps with ball flight.

The higher your ball moves through the air, the more distance the ball travels, which provides a better chance for your ball to land closer to the hole.

Backspin is an important piece to your overall game and score. Without backspin your ball will land and keep going past where you intended. It's not easy for most amateur's to pull off, so you need to take time to practice it.

Controlling your shot is one aspect of backspin. With the right amount of backspin on the ball, it will hit the area you were aiming for and be less prone to jump around and end up in a difficult spot for your next shot.

How Do You Put Backspin On a Golf Ball

Putting backspin on a golf ball can help you control your shots and improve your game. While it may seem like a difficult task, it is actually fairly easy to do with a little practice. By using the correct technique, you can put backspin on a golf ball and improve your game.

The Basics of Backspin

In order for a golf ball to spin, it must be hit with a club that has loft. The more loft on the club, the more spin you'll be able to impart on the ball.

A driver, for example, has very little loft (approximately 10 degrees) and as such, it's very difficult to get the ball to spin much using this club.

Conversely, a wedge has considerably more loft (anywhere from 46-60 degrees) and as such, it's much easier to get the ball spinning rapidly when using a wedge.

You can also use a variety of other clubs in between these two extremes to produce different results.

How to Put Backspin on a Golf Ball

Use a wedge

One of the best ways to add backspin to your golf ball is to use a wedge. Wedges are designed to create a lot of spin, so they’re the perfect club for this purpose.

There are several ways to hit a wedge shot, but one of the simplest for amateur's is to use a pitching wedge. To do this, make sure you have a clean lie, set up to your shot and then take a swing using a smooth, controlled motion.

Try to make contact with the ball in the center of the clubface for maximum spin. Clean contact is imperative to create backspin. If there is grass behind the ball it will negate any chance of backspin because the blades of grass get in between the ball and clubface.

Another way to hit a wedge is to use a flop shot. This is a high-risk/high-reward shot that can be difficult to master, but it can pay off if you can pull it off consistently. The backspin created with this shot allows for the ball to stop quickly next the hole.

Use Speed to Apply Backspin

The faster you swing (with a controlled motion) the more spin you can apply to a golf ball. Speed helps to generate backspin. When you see a professional golfer hit golf shots, they use tremendous speed but also with a lot of control. They finish their swing in balance.

If you want to add even more backspin, you can experiment with different types of wedges. There are wedges specifically designed for generating spin, such as lob wedges and cavity-back wedges. Speed helps when hitting out of a sand trap as well.

As mentioned above, another fun golf shot that uses backspin is the flop shot. To hit a flop shot, you need to hit the ball very high in the air and land it close to the hole. The lob wedge is great for these shots. This shot is often used when there’s something in front of the hole on the golf course that would make a regular shot difficult, such as a bunker or water hazard.

Driver Backspin

Assuming you want to hit the golf ball with backspin using a driver, the best way to do so is to use a golf club with more loft.

More loft on a driver club head means the face of the club will make more contact with the ball, which in turn will make the ball spin more.

Additionally, you'll want to tee the ball up high so that it's sitting atop the clubface as opposed to in the middle of it.

This will also help create more backspin. Finally, if you have a faster swing speed try using a stiffer shaft; this will ensure that energy is transferred more efficiently from the clubhead to the ball.

Golf Balls

Using the right golf ball for your swing is critical in creating backspin. Make sure to purchase golf balls designed for your swing speed.


When practice putting backspin on a golf ball it is a skill that can can change your game for the better. While it may take some time to master, it can be a useful tool for controlling your shots.

There are a few different ways to put backspin on golf balls, but the most common is to use a lofted club. With practice, you should be able to control the amount of backspin you put on the ball, use it to your advantage when you play golf on the course and impress friends with your backspin shots.

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