How To Put Backspin On A Golf Ball

How To Put Backspin On A Golf Ball

Hey, Performance Golfers, Matt Walter coming
at you with a great tip to put that golf ball on a leash and make it stop like a tour pro. So, what we’re going to do is put this golf
ball with a little drop-and-stop action. We’ve got an 85-yard flag. We’re going to try and spin this wedge, nice
little bit of sauce on it, and make this baby stop and purr at the hole. So, what we’re going to do is, I’m going to
give you some great nuggets about how the club needs to work, and what we’re looking
for to make this ball get in the hole, and do it with a lot more control. So, one of the main things we look for when
we’re trying to launch our wedges is, there’s a certain window of launch angle, roughly
30 degrees, that we want to hit our wedge shot. Now, you say, “Coach, I’m not a TrackMan. I can’t measure that stuff.” Perfect, that’s okay. You can see how high the ball goes. If your ball flight, what I tell my players
is, “If the ball flight is getting a lot higher than the tree line, you’re in trouble.” So, I try and keep my wedges below twice the
height of the trees. If I can keep my wedge flight under two tree
heights, I’m doing pretty good at keeping the ball flight down with a good bit of spin. And so, what we’re trying to do with that
is, it becomes a much more controllable launch vector when it comes to distance control. If we launch it too high, we’ll lose some
spin, but launching it a little bit lower, we’re also going to spin the ball a little
bit more. So, that’s kind of a peak idea of when we’re
looking at this wedge shot. Now, the variables we have to consider when
we’re hitting these wedges is, when we’re playing an early-morning day like we have
today, the dew on the grass has water, right, because there’s dew. That acts as a lubricant and actually reduces
friction on the face, which is reducing spin. So, early-morning rounds, you may not spin
the ball as much as you would in the late afternoon where it’s nice and dry. So, what you have to consider here is, what
elements are we putting in front of us that’s going to prevent the ball from spinning? So, the more grass we put on the ball or on
the club face, between the club face and the ball, that reduces spin. So, shots out of the rough don’t spin as much
from the fairway. If we can increase friction on the face, we
can increase spin. So, we want to hit a shot that allows us to
reduce the things that are between the club face and the ball, so we have crisp contact
and we can spin this ball greatly. Now, a big misconception that I hear all the
time about trying to hit a spinning wedge shot is that you have to hit down on the golf
ball. This is accurate when you look at TrackMan
numbers. The club has to be going down as far as the
tack angle. The mistake that is made… If you learn nothing else from today’s video,
learn this. Your hands cannot keep going down at the ball
in order to try and hit it low. I’m going to repeat that again. Your hands don’t keep going down to hit a
low wedge shot. To the opposite, they are rising up. Hear that again. Your hands are going up when you hit this
golf ball. So, when you hit this wedge, what I tell my
players is, by the time your hands cross your right thigh, roughly your right thigh, the
hands should start traveling up and closer to your body, so more this way, as you finish
the swing. Where I see a lot of my players fault is,
if we had to imagine the golf swing traveling on a plane, or a circular plane, the best
we can – we know it’s not really circular, but going around in a circle for the sake
of argument – is that our hands shoot off the tangent line from here, and they go straight
down the target line, the club head keeps going straight to the right, and the golf
ball shoots to the right, or we sometimes catch that ugly hosel shot. So, the key to this is, we have to feel the
club come around our body and up, and we want to do that with some shaft lean. So, we want our hands in front of the ball
a little bit. As we hit this shot, we’ll have a little bit
of shaft lean, hands coming up and around as we go to the finish. Now, a great little piece of information that
I’ve picked up along the way that I like to think about when I do this is, when I hit
this nice little wedge shot, I want to try and take as little grass as I can. I want a nice brushing with the surface. So, I’m not trying to pick it. I’m trying to get a nice interaction with
the turf, but it’s not going down into the ground. I don’t want to take a large pellet when I
hit this little wedge shot. I want to kind of nip it because, again, the
more grass I put around the ball, the less it can spin. So, if I want to hit this little wedge at
our target, let’s see if I can get one to spin real quick for us, about an 85-yard little
wedge. And you can see it has that nice little drop-and-stop
action on it, right. Barely any divot, but now I’ve got something
on my club face, so I need to take that little extra time, clean the club face off, get the
grooves nice and clean, so I can hit this wedge shot pretty crisp and pure. Now, one other little nugget. Hitting a draw-like shot typically produces
a better spin on the ball than that little fade shot from this range. So, what we’re trying to do is maybe think
more draw biased, so when we’re set up to hit this shot, we can kind of feel that inside-out
motion as we go through delivery. So, the big thing, again, is we want to get
good compression on the face, some friction on the face, so nothing interfering with the
blades of grass, and we want to make sure we’re going to a good finish. We want to finish with a great turn, hands
coming in and up to the finish line, not down and out, because that’s when we start to flip. Also, if you try and get a forward press,
another fault I see is, if we try and get too much shaft lean forward press, I’ll see
players lean back. Well, the problem is, when we start to lean
back, put pressure on our back foot, we’ll have a better tendency to flip it than lean
it. So, one last final little nugget. Get set up and put a little more pressure
towards the lead foot, maybe 60%, 65% towards that front side, just to ensure that you get
a little bit more in front of the ball and get a nice crisp hit on it. So, again, we get a little pressure forward,
we’re going to try and finish more up and into our left hip pocket, and try and hit
a nice little draw spinner. And we do all that, the ball hit, spun nicely,
had a little crisp bite on it. We’ll throw some darts at the flag, giving
ourselves a couple of nice sweet putts. If you like the video I just gave you with
all the great nuggets, please like and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Leave a comment if you have any questions. I’ll answer them to you the best I can in
a timely manner. We’ll get some great, also, some great nuggets
in there to help you really learn how to do this. And I hope you enjoyed it, and I look forward
to having some more out there for you in the near future.

Comments (12)

  1. How to stop hitting behind the golf ball!

  2. Thanks a lot for the lesson (tip). Success in everything good you want to do Matt. El negro Walter Jose De Martis Suares. From Chacarilla del Estanque San Borja Lima Peru.

  3. Great video, any chance on doing one for flighting low and high wedge shots?

  4. Great video! Thanks

  5. More informative than other videos

  6. Put some mustard on that ball…. Making it dance… Yah….

  7. Interesting. What is the loft on the wedge you are using in the video?

  8. It is odd, but as my swing has improved over the last year (I have changed it after 25 yrs), this is the part of the game that is giving me a hard time. I used to just sway off the ball and sway back (horrible method)–but for wedges it worked perfectly. I will try this drill, and I'm starting to think that paying for a round of golf and just going out there and hitting shots from different places to the greens might be better than the range where you can't tell what happens to the ball when it lands. Again, thanks for posting, and I love that little swing with 'shaft lean'…seems like might even help us with the full swing.

  9. You forgot to explain HOW to do it!?… ball position, closed face, etc… 👎🏻

  10. if I hear nugget one more time lmao

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