– Adam Bazalgette here from
ScratchGolfAcademy.com, two time PGA Teacher Of
The Year Award winner. This is a subject that
interests a lot of people, how to get backspin on your chip shots. There’s some very clear fundamentals, and they’re easy and they’re obvious once you hear them, stay tuned. (upbeat music) Now that was a longish chip, maybe a short pitch by another definition. What are these things that
allow you to get backspin on a chip or a pitch, if you like? Well, they’re pretty obvious
and when you hear them I think they’re gonna
be instructive to you. If you like this video, by the way, subscribe to the channel. We’ll get you lots more free content. I think it’s gonna be most helpful to you if we do a closeup so you
can see what’s happening with the ball and the club at impact and I’ll explain it to you that way. So lets have a look at the subject. This is a beautiful lie
in the fairway here. What are the four things
that affect backspin? Well, they’re pretty simple, really. Number one is the amount
of loft you have at impact, they call that effective loft. The nearer the bottom of the ball, this is the bottom of the ball, the nearer the bottom
of the ball you strike, the more spin you will create. The nearer the side of
the ball you strike, like a driver or a putter,
the less spin you will create. So, selecting a more lofted club will give you more potential spin, it’s simple rules of friction there. Now one little thought here, a lot of people misunderstand and think that the more you hit down on it the more backspin you get. That is absolutely not true. Hitting down significantly on
a ball just makes it go lower. Now let me just say the
sweet spot of the club, I’ve mentioned this on my videos before, is about there, it’s not down here, so you have to have a slight
downward hit for solid contact. So hitting down on the ball,
enough for solid contact, is very critical but just
hitting way down on it does not produce backspin. So variable number one, lofted
impact, creates backspin. Number two, speed. Listen, if you get on a
TrackMan or a FlightScope and you measure the backspin
on a 80 yard sand wedge versus a 10 yard sand
wedge, it’s a lot different. Well, again, obvious rules of physics, the faster that’s moving,
the more spin you’ll create. Now, certainly the distance
you off and the hole influences how hard you can
swing but the fact remains, the more force and speed you create, the more potential spin you have. So loft and speed are the first two. Next one, this is a
much misunderstood one, or an overlooked one is
probably a better term, you look at that sand wedge of mine, this is a pretty new one here, you’ll see, on the part
where the grooves are, it’s milled, it’s matted and
if you look closely at that you can see it’s ground and scoured a bit, very, very important. That is what grips the golf ball a bit, the grooves don’t, really. They’re very valuable for
channeling moisture or grass away but on a dry, clean lie like that they don’t really make any difference. So, the quality of
milling, the pros on the TV have new sand wedges a lot. You might consider
getting two sand wedges, one for play and tournament
play and one for practice. Once you wear that down
that gets more smooth, more like that, you’re not
gonna grip the ball as much, and companion to that
is the quality of ball. If you play a high performance Pro V1, Callaway HX Tour ball,
Bridgestone Tour ball, etc, they have a cover that will
grab the club face more. So variable number three, the
ability to create friction, how milled and fresh is your club and how receptive and
high quality is your ball. Variable number four is just
the environment you’re in. If you’re chipping against some wind to a green that’s pitched against you, obviously your ball’s
gonna take more spin. If you’re chipping downwind
to a rock hard green it’s just not gonna
receive the spin as well. So the four, lofted
impact, speed at impact, receptivity of the scouring
or the milling of the club and the quality of ball, and
number four, the environment, how receptive is the green to that, and you’ve gotta understand
those factors a little bit to prejudge how much
spin you should expect. Okay, I hope those four points
clarify a few things for you. Once your understanding is clear on shots, then your practice is
so much more productive. You’re gonna gotta go out
and experiment a little bit and figure out things
for yourself a little bit within the context and framework of sound, solid understanding
of what’s required. Hope this helps you a little
bit get that backspin. If you like the video, please
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lots more free content coming. There’s already a lot of content at ScratchGolfAcademy.com, my website. There’s even a free course on how to add distance to your shots I think you’d find helpful,
help yourself to that. If you’d like to leave a
comment or request another topic for a future video, feel
free, I’ll get to that. And I appreciate your time, hope this is gonna help you get backspin. (upbeat music)


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