Stop Golf Ball Quickly with Backspin, More Golf Pitch Backspin

There are few things more depressing in golf than hitting a well struck wedge shot only to find it runs over the green into a bunker. Backspin can help you control how far the ball runs when it lands on the green and will consequently save you shots.

Sharp Grooves to Get More Backspin

Backspin is created when the ball is gripped by the grooves in the clubface of your wedge. Apart from good technique the design of the grooves is mainly responsible for achieving maximum backspin on a wedge shot. Tiger Woods changes his wedges every few tournaments to keep the grooves as sharp as possible.

But if you look in the golf bag of a club golfer, very often not only are the wedges old, but even worse, bits of grass are stuck in between the grooves which actually inhibit backspin.

Buy a groove cleaner from the pros shop and after every shot make sure the grooves are clean. This could well give you an extra thousand revolutions of backspin per minute on a sixty yard wedge.

Use the Correct Ball for More Backspin

When the club strikes the ball the outer skin of the ball is gripped by the grooves. The softer the skin is the deeper the grooves cut. Often on a well-struck wedge shot paint is left in the grooves showing how much grip can actually be achieved with the right equipment.

The longest ball will not be the one that spins the most so you must decide what you are looking for, length or accuracy. Every ball manufacturer highlights the advantages of each ball on the sleeve. Take five minutes to study the information and then buy a sleeve to try. With a small amount of experimentation you will find the ball that best suits you.

Pitching Technique for Extra Control

The longer the clubface is in contact with the ball the more backspin you will be able to achieve and the quicker you will be able to stop the ball. Many amateurs assume that a sharp chopping action will generate most spin, but a shallow attack from the inside is much more effective.

  • Keep a narrow stance to help you turn properly ensuring you don’t get too steep.
  • Have the ball back in your stance
  • Hands Forward
  • Don’t quit on the shot by trying to help the ball into the air, a well-struck pitch shot, with massive back spin, flies relatively low.
  • Make sure your body turns to a proper finish position where your belt buckle points towards the target.