by Frank Peter
The first thing that you need to realize about creating backspin is
that it's a very tough shot to accomplish, let alone control.
The second thing that you should realize is that there are very few situations where this shot is actually needed.
In my opinion, the best shot to master is an approach shot that bounces once, and then stops on a dime. This shot is not easy to accomplish either, but is more realistic and much more effective in the vast majority of cases.
So I'll get in to the basics of this shot now, but please realize that an entire
book could be written on this subject, and it would still be very hard to incorporate
into a recreational game.
Here are the basic conditions that must be met before the shot even occurs. If these factors are not in place, don't try to create backspin.
Now, let me clarify. Those are the conditions that must be met before the shot even
occurs. So hopefully, you are beginning to see just how difficult this shot is and why
it doesn't come highly recommended from someone who focuses on making golf simple.
I was thinking of ways to describe the action necessary to create backspin, and I came to the conclusion that the best analogy is one of placing spin on the cue ball in billiards.
Side Note: They say that good pool players are also good putters. So if you want to sharpen your putting skills, I would advise learning billiards as well. It will help you to develop steady hands, "learn to see the line" and it will also teach you alot about spin.
In pool, to create backspin you have to hit downward on the cue ball with a significant
amount of force. Notice that players chalk up before hitting a shot requiring a lot of spin
(dry). They also go at the ball with a very steep angle. And they hit the lower portion of the ball.
All of this is necessary in golf as well. The ultimate goal is to "pinch" the ball between your club and the fairway. You must take a downward blow at the ball, you must add a fair amount of velocity to your swing speed, and you must make clean contact with the lower portion of the ball. It is all of these factors combined that make this shot so tough to complete with any accuracy.
It's also essential to have a new ball (preferably a high spin/soft-cover ball), and a newer (clean) club that has some of the grip left on the face. As the ball compresses into the grooves on the face of the club, backspin is created.
About the Author:David Nevogt is the author of the best-selling book The Simple Golf Swing and the hugely popular PurePoint Golf Instructional DVDs. His book alone has helped over 8000 golfers during the past 2 years. As you will read, historically this system has a success rate of 95%, and bogey golfers are able to lower their handicaps by AT LEAST 7 strokes within the first couple of rounds. Many golfers are seeing even greater improvements! According to David this method is delivering an AVERAGE IMPROVEMENT of 12 STROKES.
NOTE: If you have trouble hitting your clubs correctly there is a good chance that your clubs don't suit you properly.
The reason for not improving your game may well be is due to badly fitted clubs. Think about it: people come in all different shapes and sizes, but most golfers simply buy their clubs off the rack in the golf shop.
Unless you are completely 'standard' and 'average' you should consider custom fitting for your next clubs. This can be done online, and it is free, quick and easy (and doesn't hurt a bit). Visit these two sites for free online club fitting, just follow the instructions given there:
'Club Fitting Wizard' at Pinemeadow Golf
'e-fit System' at GigaGolf