How to Master the Flop Shot

By Jane Blalock

Let's talk about one of the more difficult shots in the game of golf, it's the short pitch shot. Often referred to as the lob shot or the flop shot. When do you use this particular shot? When you're trying to hit the ball over a bunker and land it softly on the green.

When to Use a Flop Shot

If you are in heavy ruff or even a tight lie this is always used if you are trying to hit the ball high and drop the ball softly on the green. Let me give you a few hints on how we can execute this shot.

First of all, I recommend using a sand wedge; it's the club in the bag with the greatest amount of loft. We then take the sand wedge and open up the blade, giving it even more loft. Keep your left hand slightly ahead and your stance somewhat narrow. You are going to have your weight almost entirely on the left foot or the forward foot and angle our knees forward.

Taking a Full Swing

From this position you are in great shape to get the club up fairly quickly and a little bit outside. Take a nice full swing, no short swings allowed, a nice full swing and you will be able to accelerate hitting the ball first and then making a nice, high, soft finish. As you finish, notice the left elbow folds in, very naturally.

What that does is that it gives you complete command of the golf shot and make sure you hold your finish. Now it's important to make sure you accelerate, the more acceleration, the greater the control of the shot. Let me see if I can demonstrate that to you. You can see how high that ball went and how softly it stopped with a lot of spin on it. Use this advice and you will save a lot of strokes around the green.


Category: Pitching
Sub Categories: Club Selection, High Shots

About the Instructor

Jane Blalock
Jane Blalock
The Jane Blalock Company
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