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Golf Tip of the Fortnight
How Do I Get Backspin?
A lot of golfers ask me about how to get backspin on their shots. Backspin is a function of
- The quality of contact (ball before ground -- see
consistency (softness or hardness) of the ball's cover
- The condition of the green being approached
Actually, all shots that achieve and maintain a reasonably airborne state off the club's face
have backspin. Whether the amount of backspin is sufficient to cause the ball to hold the green or stay near where it lands is another question. If you make good contact with the ball, use a ball with a reasonably soft cover, and are approaching a
green in relatively good condition (i.e., not extraordinarily dry or hard) you should have no problem getting the ball to hold or even back up. If your ball does not hold when it lands on the green one or more of these factors is missing.
Other influencing factors are
- The length of the grass you are playing from (e.g., shots played from the fairway or shorter grass will typically spin much more than shots hit from longer grass, as contact can be made
- Wind direction (e.g., downwind shots do not hold as well as shots hit into the wind)
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