Hold the Face Open
Here’s a tough one: a tight lie over sand to a tucked pin, 40 or 50 yards away. It’s too far for a flop, and a basic pitch will scoot to the far side of the green. You need a shot that’s a hybrid. I call it a flop-pitch.
Given the prospects of a poor shot here, it’s natural to be tense. But being tensionfree is critical. Start by letting your right arm hang. With the grip resting in the fingers of that hand, let the face fall open so the back of the club lays flush to the ground (le, top). The leading edge will flare open. Now open your stance a bit. Finally, set both hands on the club. If you take your grip with the face open, you’re effectively creating a weak grip, which is when both hands are rotated counterclockwise. That’ll help maximise lo at impact. On a scale of 1-10, your grip pressure should be a 1.
I don’t think about the backswing; it’s just a slight turn with a little wrist hinge. My focus is the follow-through. Swing across the ball and along your stance line, and don’t let the hands release (le). Your divot should be shallow, and the face pointing to the sky at the finish.