We've all seen Phil Mickelson open up the face of his lob wedge and hit an incredible, par-saving flop shot. So how come it is such a difficult shot for the average golfer to hit?
The truth is, there is a lot of things to consider in the flop shot. In this video, Scott Cranfield explains the various things to consider and how you can flop it like Phil.
Practice Makes Perfect
The flop shot is different from any other type of chip shot and for that reason it is essential that you practice it before your perfect it. Next time you are warming up for your round, why not take a few balls and practice the lessons below to get a feel and idea of what it is that makes a great a flop shot.
See The Shot
The flop shot, perhaps more than any other shot in golf, requires a lot of feel. Therefore it is important that you visualise what it is you are trying to do and get a good understanding, or feel, for what you are facing. Stand behind the shot and mentally see the ball flying high and stopping quickly around the flag. You'll be amazed how seeing this clearly will help you when it comes to the shot itself.
Stay Low And Loose
By squatting a little lower on the set-up, and during the swing, you will find you are able to move your centre of gravity closer to the ground and create a more stable base to get under the ball. From there it is important that you keep your grip and body tension relaxed or loose. Keeping the hands and arm loose with help keep the clubface open through impact and give you the height required for the shot.
It is important to keep the club accelerating through the ball with a full, free-flowing swing. This will provide the speed and height needed to get the ball up in the air and stopping on the green.