Bounce and Back Spin

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Andrew MacGillivray
January 31, 2013
Golf Fundamentals Anthony

Back Spin and Bounce

Is the backward rotation of the ball on its horizontal axis. Back Spin is influenced and is determined by the loft/degree of the club face, the angle of your approach, and the speed or velocity of the club head. To create back spin on you must strike the ball below the horizontal axis. The trajectory of the shot involves an upward force that lifts the ball. A well struck shot will result in a large amount of backspin that will carry the ball higher into the air and farther. You can also use backspin to help with your control is you can create enough back spin on the ball the ball will check or stop if you land it on the putting surface. Bounce:

Bounce is the angle on the sole of the golf club from the leading edge to the back edge of the club, and the ground. Basically the bounce angle will indicate how much the sole of the club head lifts the leading edge. When you have a high bounce angle it indicates a sole which lifts the leading edge dramatically, when you have a club with little or no bounce at all allows the clubs leading edge to contact the ground interference. The purpose of introducing bounce into club head design is to control how easily wedges, with their steep angles of attack, penetrate the ground under the ball. Lower bounce wedges are used for thin grass and tight lies, whereas those with more bounce are used in deep rough or sand.
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