Today, I am going to talk about the challenging, yet fun shot that is commonly known as the flop shot. We have all seen the guys on TV execute this shot to perfection all the while making it look easy! For those of you who have rushed out and tried to duplicate this shot at your local range or course you have probably found that it's not as easy as it looks. Before we get into the details let me first define the flop shot. A flop shot can best be described as a greenside shot that is designed to fly higher than your normal chip or pitch and land on the green softly. This type of shot requires an enormous amount of touch and feel as well as the proper fundamentals.
The key to hitting a successful flop shot is to make sure you have the proper setup. So with that being said, lets first start with the proper setup to perform a flop shot. Grab your highest lofted wedge (sand or lob) and begin by addressing the ball as you normally would for a standard chip shot. The first adjustment you will make is to move the ball from the middle or back third of your stance to the front third. Next you will pull your front foot back so that your stance is open. You should now feel as though you are aiming left (for right handers) of the target. In order to make up for being aligned left, you will lay the club face open so that the leading edge of the club is pointed at the target. This adjustment has added loft to the club while still keeping your club pointed towards the target. At this point you are now setup properly for this shot and ready to give it a try. You will make an effort to swing the club along your foot line which will have the club moving from what feels like the "outside in" or "across" the ball. By moving the club this way you are able to put fade spin on the ball which helps it to land softer on the green. Notice that the bulk of these adjustments were made in your setup, so as you get more comfortable with this new setup you should start to see some better flop shot results.
It is my strong recommendation that you try this shot for the first time on the driving range where a poor result will not end up jeopordizing anybodys physical well being. Once you gain some confidence in your ability to perform this shot successfully than you can try it around the green where there are other people practicing. Please let me know if you have any questions as you practice, and I look forward to hearing your feedback! Make it a great day!
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