– Welcome back to sunny Naples, Florida. I’m Adam Bazalgette, two-time PGA teacher of
the year award winner, founder of Scratch Golf Academy. Today’s subject: how to
hit a flop shot in golf. Fun shots, let’s check it out. (heroic orchestral music) So how to hit a flop shot in golf? It’s a spectacular shot, we’ve all seen Mickelson
and some of the other guys on TV hit these beautiful
stroke-saving shots. But a lot of times, it can cost you shots. And we’ll get into a little
bit of some of the pitfalls and what to watch out for, here as we go. There’s two kinds of flop shot really, or at least in my mind. One is off a more tight fairway lie, that’s a more challenging shot. That’s the one we’re gonna do today. And the other is when you’re in a bit more of the rough
grass around the green. You kind of got to chop
it up out of there, little bit different
shot, we’ll cover that back at Scratch Golf Academy. Let’s look at the tight lie shot today. Hopefully we can give you
some helpful insights. So this would be a good example of where you might want
to use a flop shot. I could run up the bank, but it’s a very steep bank. I’d rather drop it on the green up there and hopefully if I get enough height, stop it on the green as we go. Now as I say, I’ve got a
reasonably tight lie here. It’s not a, it’s a good lie, but there’s not a lot of cushion under it. So the shot is a little
bit more challenging. First consideration is club choice here. If you have a lot of these types of shots, you’d want to have something like a 60 degree sand wedge, if you had. I have a 58, I think sometimes if you get into too lofty clubs like 64’s and things like that, they could be a little difficult
to hit solidly, number one. And also they’re not very versatile, you can’t hit them very fast. So decide for yourself, but if you get a lot of shots like this around the golf course where you play, you definitely want something
in the 56, 58 to 60 range, if not a little bit more. So let’s have a go here. Add some loft in there. Was able to pop that up reasonably well. Couldn’t get as much height
as I wanted off that tight lie but it was a pretty effective shot. So I’m gonna show you
a few of the pitfalls, a few of the downsides of
this shot as we go through. But let’s begin with what
the most important thing is, and that is you’ve
gotta get solid contact. Let’s have a close-up look. So solid contact, I’ve accentuated the sweet spot of this
club with a black dot. You could hit a little bit
on the bottom edge of that but you wouldn’t want to go all the way to the bottom edge of the club. Now this is a great lie
but it’s fairly firm, so you just have to use your
initiative and your mind as to what does it take to get sweet spot or at least low side
of sweet spot contact? Now there’s two ways to add loft, you can either open the club
face up, that adds loft. And, or you can tilt the
shaft back a little bit, which also adds loft or perhaps
a little bit of a combo. But you’ve gotta look down there and say: hey given the situation, can
I skid that club under there and get the ball on the club base? You know as much as I
do now at this point, you can look down there and
use your mind a little bit and figure out what to do. This is a pretty tight lie. I’d be somewhat careful with this. And there’s some nuances here. You get just a little
bit more cushion there, just another day’s growth
or a little softer, it can really change the dynamic of how much loft you could use and still get under the club. So you’ve gotta feel it out a little bit. This would be at best a
yellow light situation. One of the point that’s very important, it is a fallacy to think that
hitting down at the ball, look at that fly off there, is a fallacy to think that
hitting down at the ball makes it go up in the air, it doesn’t. It makes it go lower if anything. It can have the effect of hitting the sweet spot on the ball. So remember, if you want
to use the effect of loft, you want more of a skid
mark under the ball, in this fashion, a nice brush mark. And that will probably involve clipping the tops of the grass as you come in and
skidding through the ball, not talking about hitting it fat. But you will allow for
yourself as I did here, to skid across the grass and go through. That that is what allows you to keep the true loft of the club. So now that we have a sense of adding loft and what’s required at
contact, given the lie we have, this is a fairly tight lie I have here. Let’s look at a couple
of things you have to do. Well, another feature of solid contact is when you get down to impact, you cannot have a lot of
action or activity down here. Your golf club has to be pretty stable and pretty firm as it goes through there. Or you’re gonna have
some problems with it. So if you like, you can certainly, and let me just add to that. That doesn’t mean you have to be rigid. This doesn’t have anything like the speed of a Fairway Wood or something. I’m only hitting this ball 15 yards or so. So I can be relaxed, but I still have to feel firm
and stable at the very bottom, as I get that club underneath the ball. Now one little thought here as well. Then we’ll look at the shot. You can actually, as I showed you, have your hands fractionally back, a little loft on the face, but if you do that, don’t make the mistake of tilting back like so many people do, it just feels like you’re
gonna get more loft. And theoretically you would
if you could hit it solidly. You’ll get a lot of mishits
if you get like that. So I’m gonna make sure my body center is up to the golf ball. That ensures that my brush mark is gonna be relatively up there. And then okay, if I add a
little loft, that’s fine. But as long as I’m forward, and as long as I’ve got
control of the shaft, I’m likely gonna hit
it reasonably solidly. So just looking in slow motion, you can see my hands are back, club face is laid open, I haven’t tilted too much
back with the slope though. And as I go back, I’ve
chosen not to cock my wrist a lot in this particular shot, because with the tightness of lie, I want a nice shallow part
at the bottom of the swing. I don’t need that much club
head speed from this distance. So I’m not using a lot of wrist cock. Wrist cock really only
adds club head speed, it doesn’t have a magic
property to add height. And here I come and again,
without being too stiff, I’m keeping the shaft stable and I’m just letting
it slide off the ground and slip under the ball there. And through we go and
just a nice graze mark, and it pops right up off the club face. Okay just a passing
thought on alignment here. If you open the club face a
lot, which is adding loft, does that mean the ball’s
gonna go way to the right, and you’ve now gotta aim way
to the left to offset that? Not as much as you probably think. Any, the principle’s this, any time you hit near
the bottom of the ball, the ball doesn’t tilt or curve as much. An open sand wedge slid under the ball won’t put the ball much off line even with an open face, a
driver with a face that open, hitting near the equator would
hit it miles to the right. So find out for yourself, experiment, but I think what you’ll find is that if you truly hit underneath
the ball as you’re supposed to, you can open the face a fair amount. And you’ll only have to
modify your alignment to the left a modest amount to get the proper direction out of it. So what are the downsides to this shot? Well let me show you, this is an easy one to
demonstrate, by the way. This is about the swing
speed I had to hit that shot. If I hit that ball thin, I hit that a little bit thin there, that thing’s gone, I bet that ball went three times the length of
the shot I’m anticipating. And the reason is, with the expectation of
sliding under the ball there, and launching it in the air, when you hit it with the front edge, you directly compress that ball. And you’re using so much speed here relative to the distance you have, that if you compress it like I did, I even topped it a little bit,
it’s gonna go, believe me. So the downside is it’s double bogey or worse when you do that. So what you have to manage is, you have to take into
account your skillsets. You have to take into account the lie, that’s not a particularly
good lie for this shot. And also to some extent, you
have to take into account the situation in the match. I mean if you’re in a scramble, and you’re the fourth
guy up, what the heck, if someone’s already on
the green, give it a try. But if it’s a stroke play, then
you’re a little bit nervous. You might just want to
bump that up the hill or play for a 15, 20 foot comeback putt, and not use as much loft through impact. So balance out the lie and your skillsets. And I can tell you, anytime you try a shot that you’re really not that confident in, and that you know the downside of it’s gonna
be pretty significant, you’re gonna feel some anxiety, and it’s a known fact that the chemicals the brain produces throughout the body when there’s fear and anxiety, are not good for managing golf
shots and for motor skills and those sort of things. So just be judicious when you use it. And remember you can always build skill, hey practice it, get good at it, these principles are fairly simple, and then you’ll be able
to use it a lot more and in lot more different situations with a good level of confidence. Well thanks as always for your time, I hope that helps you with how
to hit a flop shot in golf. If you liked the video,
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41 thoughts on “HOW TO HIT A FLOP SHOT IN GOLF

  1. I play off 2 and i have had the yips with these for years! I shall practise this way tomorrow . Thanks for an excellent presentation

  2. great comment at the end 👍 anxiety and brain chemicals. its so easy in practice in competition it goes out the window 😬

  3. This is not a flop shot. It is a basic soft pitch. A flop shot has relatively extreme height vs. horizontal distance. When does a soft pitch get high enough to become a flop? I don't know, but this ain't it.

  4. After watching several of these, I figured out why this works. These mini lessons don't include coat hangers, water floatations or towels under my armpits. Just how to hit the ball! Crazy!

  5. Just learning the game ,at the minuet I'm sort of all over with different shot skills,but with your great videos and tips I'm sure will improve my game.

  6. I usually hit it thin and behind and it goes to the end of the world, but this look like great tips. Thanks Adam

  7. Adam, great lesson; what bounce do you recommend with a 58 degree wedge? I have a 56 Wilson staff with 10 degree of bounce (brass Insert as well)
    witch I open up to imulate a 58. Thank You!!

  8. Great video! I have been working on my flop shots and I will definitely put these tip in my practice sessions. Thank You.

  9. You are a very good teacher.. What separates you from others is that when you give your lessons.. They are always on course, not in some studio, confusing people with science and technology.. Good luck..!

  10. Terrific! Watching the pros and their variety of wedge shots does not translate necessarily to us amateurs. I often find that I am most comfortable with an 8 iron around the green. Really understanding how and when to use a more lofted club and doing it successfully is an art. I recently heard Justin Leonard say that he uses a 7 or 8 most times around the green. He felt it was a new phenomena in the way a lot of professionals use their wedges much more often today. I really struggle with that wedge shot and using a less lofted Pitching wedge makes more sense and will provide me with more confidence hitting a runner that settles more quickly.

  11. Was tough this shot 10 years ago and have used it where required with great success. You Must practice this shot lots to develop confidence in it

  12. Very clearly detailed instructions with beautiful explanations with reference to hands on strategies in the field. Liked it very much.

  13. Hello Adam, keeping the back of the left palm cupped and faced up to the sky will help increasing the loft, despite the steepness of the shaft to the ground with short irons, steep back swing that we perform vs long irons?

  14. High pitch off of a tight lie. 1 of 2 of my most dreaded shots in golf (the other being off soggy turf or mud). Great lesson.

  15. Good video to watch but for those listening in at home or with headphones keep your hand on the volume; it is all over the place. Not for home viewing on a decent setup.

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