Backspin with your wedges what a skill to have to improve your score so that you can access flags easier some that are sometimes unaccessible. And also we're not even just talking about the sexy backspin getting the ball ripping back we're even just talking about creating enough backspin to get the ball to stop on the green so that you can work on your distance control better we're going to talk about equipment we're going to talk about technique. And then.
Finally we're going to talk about the course conditions as well all of these elements play a huge factor in getting you to spin your wedges more i'm rick shields down here at quest golf academy if you enjoy this video hit that like button let me know leave comments down below if you're new to my channel subscribe. And also better still hit that bell icon so you don't miss a single video moving forward we're going to talk about creating backspin we're going to start off with the equipment first because this is a huge element to creating backspin [Music]. So number one thing in equipment to bear in mind is that we want a surface that's going to create as much spin as possible. And to get that surface we need clean grooves we need a clean face and we also need a dry golf club often if there is mud if the grooves have been worn out a little bit too much. Or there's too much moisture on the face that are all that's all elements that stops the ball making the best contact with the grooves. So maximize your spin that's very very important clean grooves dry face and making sure there's grooves on there that aren't too old a newer wedge is typically going to spin more than a wedge from 10 years ago next.
Thing in equipment is golf ball you want to use a cover that's soft enough when you use a cover that's soft it has the ability to grip onto the face enough to create that spin now typically softer covered golf balls are slightly more expensive. But what you generally find is that they are a softer feel they're a softer sound here's a couple of examples this is a softer golf ball. And when i'm hitting the ball up you can tell that it has that little bit of a softer sound now this is a much harder covered golf ball. And listen to the sound difference it's quite astonishing now the harder cover golf ball is going to have less of an effect to grip to the face therefore. not be able to maximize your spin now one thing you've got to offset here is if your ability level is. For a golfer who needs that slightly more harder golf ball to gain distance well there's got to be a trade-off there and when you add a distance ball into the equation typically the spin does drop you can't particularly have it both ways unless you go. For the super premium balls which offer a little bit of both so then.
We move into technique and this is what you as a golfer can do to maximize your spin. And we're going to go off two main points maximizing loft. And also maximizing speed because if we can do those two elements then.
We've got some real good points to create as much spin as we can let's talk about maximizing loft first. So when looking at creating spin we need to make sure that we are offering as much loft to the golf ball as possible. For the shot that we're hitting now that's obviously going to play a part of how far you hit the golf ball i don't want you to use a club that's too much loft. So you don't get to the distance that would be pretty pointless but if you have the option to use more loft to get more spin do. So because that is going to be such a key characteristic to this. And i'm using this magnetic stick on the golf club to illustrate loft now you can do this at home even with some blue tack. And a t-peg you could blu-tack a t-peg to the club face to highlight where the loft is pointing as a practice aid because it is visually it's very powerful what we don't want to do when we're hitting a shot to create spin is to take too much loft off the golf shot if we start leaning this golf club too far forward we're subtracting some very very very valuable loft to create that spin to get the most performance out the shot what we also don't massively want to do either is lean the golf club backwards. And increase huge amounts of loft because as much as yes that will create spin what it'll give us in loft we will have more chance of hitting the ground behind. And that's never a good thing so when looking at creating loft and when i'm hitting a wedge shot here with loft and trying to create spin i want to make sure that the shaft angle is as straight to your body as possible. So point the butt end of the golf club pointing pretty much your belly button and the ball just in front a center so the club head the leading edge of the golf club is smart bang in the middle of my feet. And middle of my stance what we want to do then.
When coming to hit the golf shot is to keep that loft as high as possible now this is where practice. And a little bit of self-diagnosis comes into play as well what we definitely don't want to see too much is a flick behind because that's going to cause us to hit the ground. So what i would recommend is when we're trying to increase loft at the point of contact we're trying to get this shaft to be back to level again. But do yourself a favor. And actually rotate around the left hand left left hand side so if you're writing the goal for the leg that's closer to the target the reason why i say that is because it's going to guarantee us a better strike while we're still trying to increase the loft. So i'm going to take that magnet off. For a second i say do it with a bit of sticky. And a tea peg it shows the same effect or otherwise you can just get those online. So as i'm coming in to hit the shot with loft i'm going to rotate around that left hand side. And even post impact keep the loft on the golf club as high as possible that way we're moving our weight to the left we're going to get a good strike it's also going to encourage us to hit down a little bit without needing to force the issue. And we're maximizing the loft as much as possible so shaft level address pretty much the leading edge in the middle of the stance looking at coming back into the golf ball with the shaft level and just moving around that left leg and as we do all of that hit the ball with speed because the more speed you can put into this shot the more spin you will create [Music] as you can see as the ball lands it stops within a yard. Or so and increases that spin i'm gonna play that one more time for you so level with the shaft looking at increasing this the loft as we come through to hit the shot moving that weight around the left leg to make sure we get that angle of attack down and we shift the weight post in post the golf ball and then.
Hit the ball with speed maximum spin best result go in a bit and you're going to get the ball to stop much quicker than what you normally used to. And you might even get the ball zipping back if you hit the ball hard enough from even more loft right let's get on the golf course because that's going to play another massive important part on how much spin you can create when hitting shots into the green okay. So on the golf course and the first thing to consider is the lie i'm going to show you three different lies tight lie here on the fairway. And how it affects the spin on this particular shot a ball in the semi-rough and how that again affects the shot and the spin and then.
One more in the deep rough if we start to get grasp between the club and the ball it's going to affect the spin characteristics. So the tie to the lie the better the spin that is as we start to get more grass in between the club. And the ball the less reaction of the of the grooves and the golf club can have an impact. And therefore. reducing spin so if i hit this one off the fairway first and see how this one spins as you can see once it landed one hop. And then.
Spun back not loads but spun back enough that's the advantage of hitting off a fairway let's move on to the semi-rough neck and i'll show you the differences so semi-rough this time there's a little bit more grass between the club and the ball i'm not expecting this to spin as much but that's okay you've got to factor that into the shot. So instead of landing this level to the flag or even past the flag looking at landing this a little bit short of the flag it's not gonna have a huge influence but enough not to be able to optimize the spin totally you've gotta factor that into play as you can see i wanted to that first bounce it hop forward instead of actually coming backwards also on the line like this sometimes you can get the occasional flyer where the grass does catch between club. And ball and the ball just comes out with no spin at all something to bear in mind ideally you want to land it a bit shorter i didn't quite get that right. But not bad of a result let's go on to the deep roof next.
So as you can see now third shot deep rough. And obviously rough can get even deeper than this the more now grass is in between caught in between club. And ball it's just going to affect the spin characteristics it's not going to spin at his optimum rate. So again a shot you've got to take into consideration i'm going to look at landing this quite a bit shorter then.
Run it up to the green because i'm just not gonna be able to spin it from that lie i mean pretty awesome shot. But you can see there i had to land that shorter the ball didn't stop it took a big first half. And then.
Ran past the flag you've got to take the lie into consideration it's almost the first checkpoint when looking at optimizing your spin on the golf course either backspin or just getting the ball to stop let's talk about a few more aspects as well another important aspect to judging spin is what the wind is doing if you're playing a shot that's downwind towards the flag that wins gonna knock the ball down it's not going to optimize the spin. And you've got to again take that into calculation landing the ball shorter it's not going to be a bad idea if you're playing a shot into wind. And you might have seen this out on the golf course in the past if you're playing into wind the ball's more likely to climb on the wind it's more likely to increase the level of spin on the golf ball so when it lands it's probably got more spin downwind less spin into wind more spin remember that when taking spin into consideration another huge important factor to consider is the firmness of the greens if you pitch into a softer green a little bit more receptive. And certainly one that's fast the spin will be applied more you'll end up spinning the ball quite easily when pitching a ball into a firmer ground condition where let's say there's no rain. Or it's been a harder condition as the ball lands it's not going to be receptive. And that's more likely to kick forward you're going to have to factor that into your shots when playing into the green the greens will affect the ability of the golf ball to spin okay guys that has three elements to create more backspin. For you as a golfer so that you can play better golf. So you can improve the ability. For your golf ball landing into the green whether that's getting the ball to zip back and get closer to the flag or whether it's just simply getting the ball to land on the green and stop skills to have to make you better at golf thanks for watching guys hopefully you enjoyed the video if you did smash that like button leave me a comment down below i'd love to hear your stories from this video get out there practice it get better at spinning those wedges if you're new to my channel smash that subscribe button stay connected to all my content by hitting the bell icon there. For you'll get notified every video i drop thanks for watching guys stay tuned lots more to come if someone needs help with spin as well share this video around let them know about it thanks for watching guys.