How to Put Backspin on Your Golf Ball

By Patrick Foley

Putting backspin on a golf ball is one of the most difficult pieces in a golf game to complete. To put backspin on a golf ball takes proper technique, practice and an understanding of how to actually create backspin. Many golfers expect that when they help the ball into the air that it will create backspin, but the proper way to create effective backspin is through coming down on the ball. Here are a few tips and ideas to think about when trying to create backspin on a shot.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Trap the ball. To effectively put backspin on a shot you must come down on the ball and trap it between the club and the ground. Solid contact with the clubface must also be completed to create spin. Try to hit the ball on the end of the down swing when coming through the ball. Don't allow yourself to help the ball.
Step 2
Accelerate. When coming through in the swing, always accelerate through the ball. The acceleration will make the ball spin faster and it will allow for better contact. Don't try to slow the club down when coming into the ball. This will cause for miss hits and no spin.
Step 3
Lead with the hands. Allow the hands to lead the ball through the swing. This will help to make proper contact as well as keep you from trying to throw the ball into the air. Allow the club to do the work.
Step 4
Position well. Play the ball as you normally would for whatever shot you are taking. But one area that you may want to change is to let more weight fall on the front side of your body, so that you can focus on trapping the ball and not let your body come up through the swing. Focus on these tips and you will be putting spin on the ball in no time.

Tips & Warnings

Come down on the ball.
Don't try to help the ball.

About The Author

Patrick Foley is a writer from Phoenix, AZ. He is a sports fanatic and loves football, golf, and track. He has been writing for Golf Link for almost a year. He is a college football player at the University of Pennsylvania. He is enrolled in the Wharton Business School.He has have a wide set of skills in writing and marketing.

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