Big Play: Jason Day's 45-foot flop shot

Big Play: Jason Day’s 45-foot flop shot

Jason Day's deft touch around the green helped earn him his first career PGA Tour victory.
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Who: Jason Day
What: 45-foot flop shot to one foot for par
Where: 504-yard par 4 15th hole at the TPC Four Seasons Resort
When: Final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship

Day’s par-saving flop was no fluke. From thick rough short and right of the elevated green, he executed perfectly by doing the three key things for a flop. Day kept the club moving quickly through impact; he hit the grass first, rather than the ball; and, he kept the clubface pointing toward the sky all the way to the finish of the swing.

On a flop shot, you should feel as if you’re throwing , or whipping, the clubface under the ball. At address, keep your hands lower than normal and stand a bit farther than normal from the ball. Also, open the clubface so it points up toward the sky.

THE DRILL: Set up for a flop and put a coin just behind the ball. Try to hit the coin first and then the ball. Doing that will help you learn to strike the grass first, and then slide the clubface under the ball.

Golf Magazine top 100 Teacher Jim Suttie works at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill.

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