Sometimes, the most unexpected and challenging situations on the golf course give rise to the greatest opportunities for excellence. This is certainly the case when it comes to the magic of the “flop shot.” A flop shot is one of the trickiest shots you’ll encounter as a golfer, but it’s hardly mythical with the right amount of practice and no small measure of confidence in your swing.
At Totally Driven in Edina, MN, our golf fitness pros help golfers transform their definition of what’s possible on the golf course every day. In this post, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about hitting a perfect flop shot. To work on your golf swing or schedule a professional golf club fitting, give us a call today!
What is a Flop Shot?
A flop shot is also sometimes referred to as a lob shot. This impressive-looking shot is one of the most challenging shots to make and involves a short pitch with maximum height and a soft landing with very little roll.
While it’s a tricky shot to master, it’s also incredibly handy, especially if your ball ends up in a tight spot and you don’t have much to work with. The beauty of the flop shot is that once you’ve mastered it, it’s an excellent tool to have in your metaphorical golf bag.
Let’s say you find yourself in a tough spot where you don’t have much green to work with or there’s an obstacle between you and the pin. That’s where the magic of the flop shot comes into play.
Difference From a Chip or Pitch
If a flop shot sounds a lot like a pitch, here’s the difference. A pitch is a medium trajectory shot from about 20 to 50 yards, whereas a flop shot is hit at 10-30 yards. A pitch may use a sand wedge or a lob wedge, whereas a flop shot is best hit using a wedge.
Hitting the Flop Shot
A flop shot is typically no more than 50 yards with a high trajectory, making it handy when there’s an obstacle in the way. Your goal is to miss the obstacle and either stop just short of the pin or shoot slightly past it. Inexperienced golfers tend to see the flop shot as an intimidating feat, but it doesn’t have to be.
A flop shot is typically achieved with a club face that has plenty of loft. By sliding the face underneath the ball, this launches it on a high trajectory with a soft landing.
While flop shots are suitable for any grass length, they can be tougher to hit on extremely short and extremely tall grass. With too much grass, you’re going to have to hack it out. Without enough grass, it can be tough to get the club under the ball. For this reason, a flop shot on the fairway is trickier than a loft shot from the rough.
Start With a Lob Wedge
Although not every golfer carries a lob wedge, it’s worth it if you need to hit a flop shot. A lob wedge is a high-lofted wedge that’s ideal for hitting a flop shot and has between about 60 to 64 degrees of loft. The lob wedge was created specifically for this purpose, which is why it’s worth it to make sure you’ve got one in your golf club bag.
If you’re a high handicap golfer and you don’t carry a lob wedge, other wedges can be used as long as you lay the club face wide open. This helps to add loft to your shot.
Follow this advice to execute the perfect flop shot:
● Use a wide stance.
A flop shot requires a big swing, which is best executed using a wide stance. Your knees should be bent slightly more than normal. Spread your feet apart to reduce movement in your lower extremities and lower the shaft. Open the face to point it at the sky. Play forward with the ball position close to your front foot to help the ball pop up more. Placing more weight on the front foot, set up on the balls of your feet.
● Make your swing.
Work on keeping your lower body quiet, focusing on letting your upper body do the real work. Commit fully to the swing and make it big. Using light pressure and minimal forearm tension for a “soft arms” approach, focus on pushing upward rather than forward.
● Keep working on it.
Don’t expect to perfect the flop shot in one day. Continue working on your technique, and be sure to check out videos of professionals on the web to visualize the correct movement.
Schedule a Wedge Fitting
A great performance begins with the right tools for the job. Since your wedges are your scoring clubs, it’s important to have the right ones for your skill level, strength, swing, and body type.
At Totally Driven, we can perform a wedge fitting to match you to the right lob wedge so you can bring your best flop shot every time you play. Our golf fitting pros use state-of-the-art technology to scientifically examine your swing and recommend the best clubs for your unique needs. Using our Trackman studio, we’ll match your wedge perfectly for lie, loft, grind, and bounce.
Professional Golf Coaching
Want to take your golf technique a step further? Our certified trainers can help you perfect your flop shot with in-depth coaching, fitness, and supervised practice. Contact Totally Driven on the web to learn more about our services or give us a call at (952) 681-2728.