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How to add more backspin to your wedge shots



More Backspin from OnTour Golf on Vimeo.

When you’re near the green with a wedge in hand, it’s OK to raise your expectations and be a bit more aggressive in trying to get the ball close to the flag. In this video, I describe the plight of the average amateurs wedge game, the shot that they can most easily adopt for success and the way to practice to achieve the low-spinning shot Tour players often use around the green. 

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Currently teaching 14 PGA Tour players, Scott Hamilton is a staple on the PGA Tour range each week. In 2015, a poll of PGA Tour players conducted by Golf Digest ranked him as the No. 2 instructor on the PGA Tour. His players like him for his ability to conduct a complete analysis of their games and return a simple solution to help them play better. “You get the result you want without all the big words.” as Scott often says.



  1. Dan H

    Jan 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Cool video with a study comparing a new wedge to a one year old wedge using Trackman numbers:
    shows the importance of the equipment as well

  2. Steve S

    Aug 31, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks Mr Obvious. Usually I like Hamilton’s videos. This one could have been 3 minutes shorter. This “tip”has been in every golf magazine at least twice a year for the last 5 years.

  3. Dunn2500

    Aug 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I have always generated alot of spin with irons and wedges…….aside from technique and this is gonna sound stupid but I see it all the time…..use a good ball and for godsake keep your grooves clean, I see guys with mud, dirt and grass caked into their grooves and they wonder why ball won’t spin……make sure your irons and wedges are clean…..

  4. K sheriff

    Aug 19, 2016 at 12:41 am

    More loft doesn’t always mean more spin. Gap wedge all day

  5. Dave

    Aug 17, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Yes works great if you have the proper coarse conditions ,nice cut fairways not slopped from overwatering and good greens also , we don’t all play on pro type coarses. But very good article .

    • Matto

      Aug 18, 2016 at 12:54 am

      Coarse conditions? Like….rough sandpaper type conditions?

    • cwt

      Aug 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Speaking of course conditions and sand[…], I often have these same thoughts when looking at videos about bunker play. I tend to play at smaller municipal courses, and they rarely have well maintained bunkers. How about a video for how to play various public muni courses?

      • Dave

        Aug 18, 2016 at 5:23 pm

        We have a “local rule” about the sand at our muni courses. Theres several of them you are lucky to even have sand in the bunkers at all, and some that have pea sized to nearly walnut sized gravel in them. My group just makes the decision for the day at the first bunkers if its that bad and full of gravel you just get a free drop from the bunker 2 club lengths any direction you want. Sometimes this allows you to even drop on the green but its the same rule for everyone. We used to do no closer to the hole ect but then it started getting to where you had to drop in 8 inch tall crabgrass and it was a worse lie than the sand so we just made it anywhere around the bunker. To be fair this is really only at the couple of really bad courses.

  6. Equipo

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I think that you mean ‘low, spinning shot’ instead of ‘low-spinning shot.’ It threw me off so thought I’d help.

    • Jack

      Aug 18, 2016 at 11:45 am

      that low, spinning shot is a tough shot to execute consistently. I guess I could become a better ball striker.

  7. k nizzle

    Aug 17, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Scott, I very much enjoy your teaching style. I get the information I need and the answers to my questions, delivered in a no-muss, no-fuss manner, all of which I can take to the range right away.

  8. Steven

    Aug 17, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Great information. Coming from the inside will definitely help. What is a good recommendation to eliminate the shaft being back (I assume a casting problem)? Do you think inside plane helps getting the hands ahead of the ball?

  9. Blake

    Aug 17, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Scott is hands down the best instructor on this site.

    • Timbleking

      Aug 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      After Mr Smizzle of course…

    • jmejones

      Aug 20, 2016 at 11:35 am

      He didn’t tell us anything. All he said was what’s done wrong and this is what you do…I’d say at least on video, he wouldn’t help 99% of the golfers out there.

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