How to Spin a Golf Ball Backward


All airborne golf balls have backspin -- it's basic aerodynamics. If the golf ball doesn't have backspin, it won't go up in the air. If you want to get the ball to land on the green, check up and spin back, you need to create more backspin. To do so, you must make good contact with the ball using proper technique and a ball with a soft cover.

Making Proper Contact

  • The keys to creating more backspin are hitting down on the ball and creating more clubhead speed. You achieve both of these with the same technique. You must hit the ball with a downward strike, making contact just before the clubhead hits the ground with your hands just ahead of the clubhead. Your divot should be just in front of where the ball was sitting before you stuck it.

Ball Strike Drill

  • Practice this drill with a wedge and an alignment rod or thin wooden dowel at least 3 feet long. Place the rod alongside your grip so it extends upward and outside your target-side hip -- that's your left hip if you're a right-handed golfer. Hold the rod and your club with your normal grip and hit balls without letting the rod hit you in the side. To do so, rotate toward the target on your downswing. If you do the drill properly, you'll notice your divots will be ahead of the ball.

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