Phil Mickelson Flop Shot

Tips To Execute A Phil Mickelson Flop Shot…

Here is an article, from Jack Moorehouse, author of the best-selling book “How To Break 80 and Shoot Like the Pros!”. He explains how to execute to very dangerous flop shop from bare ground.

You can refer to a prior post, Golf Club Bounce, that gives you idea of how bounce can either help or hurt you.

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Phil Mickelson Flop Shot … From Bare Ground


Phil Mickelson hits accurate flop shots from difficult lies—including bare ground. Hitting a flop shot from bare ground is a challenge. It’s also risky. If you mis-hit it, it can cost you strokes big time. That’s why golfers stay away from hitting a flop shot from this type of lie. But when you have to do it, a flop shot from bare ground can help turn three strokes into two.

Below are six keys to hitting a flop shot from bare ground:

  1. Use a lob wedge with minimal bounce
  2. Keep the shaft vertical or leaning away
  3. Swing your arms to the left (right for left-handers)
  4. Swing longer for higher shots
  5. Keep legs quiet throughout the shot
  6. Complete your follow-through

The secret to hitting a flop shot from bare ground is the wedge’s sole. Use a lob wedge with a sole that has minimal bounce—especially in the heel. Bounce is the flange on the club’s sole that extends below the leading edge. To hit a good shot, you must use the bounce effectively.

Also, keep the shaft vertical or slightly leaning away from the target, which means your hands will be even with or slightly behind the ball. Keeping the shaft vertical exposes the club’s bounce and enables its leading edge to slide under the ball. You want the trailing edge to go into the ground.

And keep your legs quiet from start to finish. On the follow-through, swing your arms to the left (right for right-handers). This prevents the club from delofting and bouncing off the ground and into the ball. Remember, the longer your swing the higher the ball goes. But it travels only slightly farther.

This approach to hitting a flop shot works for any lie. Of course, there’s no flop shot approach that’s fail-safe. That’s why you need to be judicious about when you use it. But if you’re going to use it, make sure you commit to the shot before swinging.

It is a very high risk shot to be used when it can save you shots or get you out of a tough situation.

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Jack Moorehouse is the author of the best-selling book How To Break 80 and Shoot Like the Pros!“. He is NOT a golf pro, rather a working man that has helped thousands of golfers from all seven continents lower their handicaps quickly. His free weekly newsletter goes out to thousands of golfers worldwide and provides the latest golf tips, strategies, techniques and instruction on how to improve your golf game.

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