Golf ball flying to the cup. Zooming to the hole.

Imparting back spin on the ball like a professional isn’t as complicated as many amateurs believe.

There are a few simple impact factors professionals create to get plenty of revolutions on the ball. Firstly, the club face is square to the target line at impact; this square face allows the ball to interact directly with the grooves and club loft. 
Secondly, professionals create spin by hitting the ball with a descending angle of approach; this means the shaft leans towards the target at impact and a divot is created after the ball is struck.
Thirdly, professionals create enough club head speed to increase the amount of spin imparted on the ball, a 60mph club head speed will not create anywhere near as much back spin as a 90mph club head speed.
To help create a better combination of square club face, steeper angle of approach and club head speed, players can use an impact bag. Impact bags can be purchased from golf shops or online, they can also be created manually by stuffing an old rucksack with towels.
Golfers who master this combination of impact factors and use appropriate equipment (soft balls and clubs) will be able to generate high amounts of back spin which can be extremely useful on the course when faced with tight approaches.
Back spin can not only be created it can also be controlled to produce different types of spinning shots. Below is a list of spin shots which can be played and why it is worth spending some time working on producing more back spin.

  • High Wedge Shot With Back Spin – this shot can be extremely useful if there is something between a golfer and their target, a tight pin tucked behind a bunker for example. A correct execution of this shot will see a downward strike on the ball with a high lofted wedge producing a deep divot. The ball will gain enough height because of the extra back spin. Once it pitches on the green, there should be no real hop forward but rather a few feet of spin back towards the player. The softer the green is, the more back spin will be produced and vice-versa.
  • Low Wedge Shot With Delayed Stop – This is a great looking shot which many professionals play in windy conditions like those experienced at the British Open. The shot is best utilized when playing up a long green, the ball will pitch and bounce a couple of times before ‘grabbing’ and stopping dead. Golfers looking to play this shot should place the ball a little further back in the stance and keep wrist hinge to a minimum. The angle of attack should be steep enough to produce enough back spin but the ball position and lack of wrist hinge will keep the ball low and skip it along the green.


There are many other shots players can experiment with and use different amounts of back spin. The short irons and short game will become much more enjoyable as the amount of control and back spin increase.