How To A Flop Shot
With a flop shot, the aim is to get as much height as you can so the ball can land softly without much forward release. In the article below – Dan Grieve, Head Professional at Woburn shows you how to hit a flop shot!
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The Correct Set Up
So, how to hit a flop shot?
Firstly, a successful flop shot relies on having the correct set up – you want a nice wide stance so you don’t ‘drift’ from side to side. Often, fat or thin flop shots are down to unwanted sideways movement.
Secondly, make sure to get about 70-80% of your weight on the front foot. Your upper body can come slightly back because the low point of the swing wants to be fractionally behind the ball to allow the bounce to slide underneath the ball.
Position the ball on your left heel, press forward with your lower body and make sure the shaft is in line with the back of the ball to allow the bounce and loft to be showing – the video with this article shows exactly how to do it.
Finally, stand a bit further away from the ball to allow your hands to sit nice and low, which will also give you some cupping in the left wrist.
Taking The Club Back
When you take the club back, the key point is to feel your knuckles pointing up towards the sky and making sure there is cupping in the left wrist. A common mistake with wrist position in the flop shot is to arch the left wrist away from the body, which closes the face and takes the loft and bounce off the club.
As you swing through the shot, really focus on the loft of the club pointing back at your face as you follow through and keep turning your chest through the shot.
Reading The Lie
The first thing you need to look at before even taking on the flop shot is the lie of the ball. If it isn’t suitable, then it’s best to take your medicine and play a different shot.
Ideally, you want lots of grass under the ball where you know you can get the bounce sliding underneath.
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A tighter lie – where there isn’t much grass under the ball and the ground feels firm underneath – brings the thin shot into play. In this situation, I’d recommend taking your medicine and hitting a lower shot with a bit more forward lean to take the trailing edge away from the ball.
A good bit of insurance when taking a shot off a tighter lie is to have it further back in your stance, take a little bit more divot and have the handle ahead of you more to avoid hitting it thin through the green.