How Do I Hit a Golf Ball With Backspin?

By Denise Sullivan
Add backspin to keep your golf shots from rolling off the green.
Add backspin to keep your golf shots from rolling off the green.

Using backspin on a golf shot will make the ball stop almost immediately upon landing or even draw it backward instead of it rolling past the hole and possibly off the green. In order for your backspin shot to work, you must hit the ball from a dry spot in the fairway. The green also must be dry and in good condition, or the ball may not spin correctly when it lands.

Select a golf ball with a "soft" cover that is designed for spin instead of distance. Check the labeling on the golf-ball package.

Set up for the shot in your normal stance, but adjust your position so the ball is closer to your back foot by a couple of inches instead of in the center. Take the golf club higher on the backswing than you would for a regular shot.

Aim for the lower half of the ball to loft it into the air. Swing the club with your normal speed and follow-through. The adjustments in ball position and target point will create backspin on the shot without changes to your swing.

Check the divot left behind after your shot to see if you are driving the club too far down on the swing. The divot should be deeper than one from a normal fairway shot, but it also should be in front of where the ball was positioned, not behind it. Divots behind the ball indicate that you are hitting the ground before you contact the ball, which reduces the amount of backspin you can put on the shot.

About the Author

Denise Sullivan has been writing professionally for more than five years after a long career in business. She has been published on Yahoo! Voices and other publications. Her areas of expertise are business, law, gaming, home renovations, gardening, sports and exercise.

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