The Flop Shot
Here’s how to hit a Phil Mickelson ‘flop Shot’ on the golf course.
The flop shot is very useful when you have a hazard between you and the pin and little green to work with.
Executed correctly, you’ll be able to stop the ball very quickly and give yourself a good chance of getting up and down. However there are a couple of caveats to bear in mind…
Firstly, remember that poor course management skills cost club-level golfers far more shots than an inability to play the flop shot. In other words, if you’re not really confident over this shot (i.e. you haven’t spent time practicing it), then take your medicine and go for a safer option.
Secondly, if you have anything other than a very good lie (i.e. the golf ball is not sat on a tight, sloping or heavy lie) then opt for a safe shot selection.
With that in mind, see below for tips on playing the Mickelson flop shot:
How to Hit a Flop Shot
- Take the most lofted club in your bag (ideally a 60 degree lob wedge).
- Play the ball from the middle of your stance, or slightly forward.
- Open the club so that you feel as though you could balance a glass of wine on the club face.
- The club face will be aiming well right of the target (for the right-handed golfer) so aim your feet, hips and shoulders well left to compensate.
- This set up position will lead to a very steep, out-to-in swing path but the ball should fly quite on a high, straight path towards your target.
- When practicing this shot, place a club along the line of the club face (that aims well right of target) and one that aims along the line of your feet (well left of target). Focus on swinging the club along the line of your feet and trust that the club face will send the ball towards the pin