There are a lot of factors that can impact how far your ball will travel when you first tee up. Speed, driver loft, and strength are just some of the many things that can affect distance. However, one of the most overlooked factors is backspin. Every shot you take will create some backspin, but how much or how little backspin you produce can impact how far your ball will travel.
What is it?
When you hit a ball forward, it will either spin forward or backwards. While the former is called topspin, the latter is called backspin. Both topspin and backspin create the Magnus effect, an upward force that will lift the ball into the air. However, backspin is of most concern to golfers, as it is more common and more likely to affect your distance.
Backspin and distance
So, how does backspin affect distance? Poorly, as it turns out. You will always need some amount of backspin, but having too much can adversely affect your game. More specifically, it can cause your ball to rise high up in the air, and when it lands, it will not travel far (in some cases it may even roll backwards). A shot with too much lift will have a shorter distance, simply popping up into the air and falling back down again.
As we stated before, there is always a bit of backspin in our shot, and we need some in order to lift the ball into the air. However, the amount you need will depend on you and your club. A player with a slower swing speed, for instance, will need more backspin to get the ball airborne. Conversely, a player with a higher swing speed will need less to ensure the ball doesn’t pop up into the air. As such, you need to find the right club for your swing speed to better control how much backspin you produce.
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