About Golf Ball Spin

By Bill Herrfeldt

When the U.S. Open was played at Pinehurst CC, one professional hit the topside of the green, only to watch his ball's backspin take it all the way back to the pond in front of the green. In most cases, though, the pros use backspin to hold their balls on a green while we amateurs only dream of having that skill. But you, too, can impart backspin on your golf shots if you follow these simple rules.

Clean Your Grooves

Make sure the grooves on your golf clubs are clean each time you play, because even the professionals would have a difficult time generating backspin with dirty grooves. If your clubs are so worn that the grooves are hard to see, consider buying a new set or having your clubs re-grooved.

Play the Right Kind of Ball

Even the professionals find it difficult to make their shots have backspin when they use a golf ball with a hard cover. That means you should play with balls with soft covers if you want them to back up. It used to be that you would be sacrificing some distance by not using a hard covered ball, but modern technology has made it possible for you to use soft-covered balls for backspin without losing any distance.

Perfect Your Technique

If you want your golf shots to have backspin, you should concentrate on hitting the ball with a more downward swing and strike it before your club head touches the turf. By doing so, you will slightly compress the golf ball against the turf, imparting backspin on the ball which will more often than not stick on the green.

Conditions Must Be Right

You cannot expect to hit golf shots that have backspin if your golf ball is in high rough or from fairways where the grass is long, because the grass between your club face and the ball will make it almost impossible to do. The professionals have the advantage of hitting from closely-cut fairways and watered greens, so hitting balls with backspin is must easier to accomplish. With the exception of a few pros, most cannot make the ball back up if they're hitting from the rough.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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