I vary my speed to hit dif­fer­ent flops: faster means a higher flight.

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swing with soft arms to a full fin­ish

he flop shot is all about com­mit­ment. You’ve got to trust that this big swing you’re mak­ing is go­ing to send the ball 50 me­tres over the green. That can be a chal­lenge be­cause the flop is so dif­fer­ent than a nor­mal full swing. For ex­am­ple, the hands and arms con­trol most of the ac­tion. As I men­tioned ear­lier, the lower body stays quiet. If you try to help the ball into the air by com­ing out of your pos­ture, it’s Skull City.

It’s also im­por­tant to swing with light grip pres­sure and al­most no ten­sion in your fore­arms. And un­like most other shots, you don’t want your arms and hands to lag be­hind your body ro­ta­tion through im­pact – that’s how you compress the ball and drive it for­ward. The flop tech­nique is the op­po­site: You want your hands and arms to pass your body as the club skims along the ground and slides un­der the ball The en­ergy pushes up­ward, not for­ward.

The last thing to re­mem­ber is, don’t quit on the shot. If you squeeze the han­dle too hard, the club­head won’t re­lease. Let the mo­men­tum of the swing carry the club through to a full fin­ish I reg­u­late dis­tance by vary­ing my swing speed (faster for longer and higher shots), but the length of the swing re­ally doesn’t change.

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