The flop shot is very valuable when you need to carry the ball over undesirable areas such as water
and sand from about 10 to 40 yards. Hit properly the ball will land on the green and stop reasonably fast.
For best results a sand wedge is the proper club to use. Most high handicap golfers do not
realize how often the pros use a sand wedge for other shots than sand shots. The club head
has more loft and a bigger flange, both of which can get the ball higher with more backspin.
When executing the shot let the arms swing slowly and relaxed letting the club head do
most of the work. Be sure and keep the arms moving through the shot and to the finish.
The body moves with the arms but this is one shot where there is more feel in the arms
than the body. The club head will slide under the ball. Do not try this shot off hard ground
and tight lies.
Because the swing is so slow and relaxed with a big hinge in the wrists the club goes back
farther than you might imagine. This shot requires a very slow rhythmic tempo while you keep your
arms and center moving through the ball.
This is a very positive approach to putting. Try it, you may surprise yourself.