The Flop Shot
How to play this high-tariff escape
This shot comes with a hazard warning – I don’t even use it myself! So it needs a lot of practice for you to contemplate using it on the course. The flop shot is easier out of the rough than the fairway as you can slide the club under the ball more easily – but even so, if you are not prepared to practise it, I’d urge you to stick to more conventional chip shots. You set-up in the same way as you would for a standard chip with the body open and a little bit of weight into the front foot – but then there are some changes needed for a flop shot... Open the face
Open the clubface, as you would do to hit a bunker shot – so put the club in your left hand and before you add your right hand, open up the face.
Place the ball further forward – close to the inside heel of your front foot.
Hinge your wrists
Hinge the wrists in the backswing and be positive through impact as the body turns through to the left.
Slide the club under
The idea is to slide the club under the ball – but without ‘scooping’. Your clubhead is still moving in a downward direction, but you are trying to slide the ball under to get it to pop up steeply.