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Flop Shot

A Flop Shot is high lofted shot similar to a tennis lob. In fact it is often called lob shot in golf as well. It is a shot comprised mostly of carry and has very little roll. The flop is often hit when there is very little green to work with such as a pin that is cut tight to the edge of a green on the other side of a bunker.

Flop Shot Drills

Flop Shot Tips

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  • Hit Down to Pop it Up

    Make sure to hit down on your pitch shots. Hitting down allows the ball to pop back up. Just let the club go down by allowing it to use gravity and drop to the ground. You don't have to feel like you push it or help it down. When you push the club you will often release it early causing it to bottom out too soon and then you catch the ball on an upswing instead of with a downward strike.

  • Play the Ball Left For Loft

    To hit the ball higher, play the ball forward of the center of your stance so you will catch it on the upswing and add loft. After your club hits the bottom point of your arc and starts coming up, the face angle changes and will have more loft. This helps propel the ball up into the air. Note that you still have to hit down on the ball, because if you make contact high on the ball, that in turn will knock the ball down.

  • Keep it Simple and Play it in the Middle

    When pitching, unless you have to hit the shot particularly high or low, simply play it in the middle of your stance. A middle ball position gives most players the best chance at striking the sweet spot and catching the ball at the right part of the swing arc. If you need to hit the ball higher, remember "left means loft."

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