It draws gasps of admiration from the galleries and enables golfers to attack the most difficult pin positions.
But how do they do it.
Well in order to get a golf ball to 'suck backwards' several key factors need to be present.
5 Key Factors 1.
The Golf Ball The hard two piece balls that many amateur golfers play with are very difficult to spin.
In fact they are designed to add distance by creating top spin, the opposite of backspin.
In order to create backspin it is important to play with a soft cover balata ball.
The Condition of the Lie If the ball is lying down in the rough it is difficult to impart backspin because the grass gets between the ball and the grooves of the club head and eliminates the friction needed to create back spin.
The best lie for creating backspin is a tight lie on the fairway.
The Golf Club The golf club used is a critical factor in generating backspin, the higher the loft the greater the backspin.
There are wedges on the market that have rusted faces.
These types of wedges have even more friction and thus increase the back spin imparted on the ball.
The Wind Direction It is very difficult to create backspin if the wind is blowing in the direction of the shot.
It is much easier to impart backspin if the wind is blowing into the golfer.
The Condition of the Greens The ideal spin conditions are for greens to be slightly damp and receptive.
It's difficult to generate backspin if greens are like concrete.
The Swing Address the ball in the centre of your stance.
Put 65% of the weight on the front foot nearest the target and ensure hands are ahead of the ball.
Make a conscious effort to retain this weigh distribution throughout the swing and focus on generating an upright backswing.
Keep your body movement quiet and allow the arms and hands to swing in front of your body.
This promotes a descending angle of attack and ensures crisp contact with the back of the ball.
Focus on keeping your hands in front of the ball at impact, gripping the ball first then turf.
Greg Norman advocated an excellent feeling to ensure this position.
He stated it's critical to retain the wrist angle established at address by focusing on moving the palm of your back hand through the ball at impact.
This will also prevent any drastic releasing of the golf club and ensure a sharp angle of attack.
It's important to power through the shot and maintain good acceleration and club head speed.
This shot takes time to learn so be patient.
Go to the range, implement the technique, build muscle memory and then take it to the course.
Commit to the shot and enjoy the gasps of admiration from your playing partners.