So you want to flop it like Phil Mickelson? That’s rather unlikely, but hitting a serviceable sky-high pitch is actually easier than you’d think. In the video below, part of our Fix Finder instruction series, Brian Mogg explains the simple way to hit a flop shot.
While this type of chip is not for everyone and should be used sparingly, there are certain situations on the course that demand a lofted chip shot. If you’re stuck on the wrong side of a greenside bunker, for example, and the only path to the hole is through the air. Or maybe you’re off the edge of the putting surface but really close to the cup. In that case, you need to hit it high and land it soft to give yourself a short putt.
In our video, Mogg explains that the biggest mistake golfers make when attempting a flop is leaning back at contact. The thought is that they need to move backwards to get the ball in the air. But that’s not the case. To hit a successful flop, you shouldn’t be moving backwards or forwards at all. The key is to swing through nice and easy and trust the club and loft to do the work for you.
Watch the tip below to start hitting flop shots like the best of ’em.
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