How to Hit a Flop Shot Like Phil Mickelson

How to Hit a Flop Shot Like Phil Mickelson

Knowing how to hit a flop shot can be very beneficial, especially when you find yourself short-sided to a tight pin.

You can use the flop shot in situations in which you need to get the ball up in the air quickly and have it land soft - with very little roll.

Phil Mickelson makes the flop shot look easy because he follows a few basic steps every time he hits this type of shot.

Bradley wrote to us and asked how to hit a flop shot:

Hi Sean, I’ve been having some issues with my flop shots, especially when I have to go to a tight pin over a bunker.  I find I often catch shots thin or heavy.  Do you have any techniques or suggestions to help my consistency?

Playing this shot is going to incorporate some of the same techniques and  philosophies that we use with hitting a high bunker shot.

Flop Shot Setup

First, we are going to take our set up and evenly distribute our weight fifty percent (50%) on the left leg and fifty percent (50%) on the right leg.

Second, we want to make sure that we aim the body slightly left of the target, maybe two to three yards.

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How Chipping with a Hybrid Can Save You Strokes

How Chipping with a Hybrid Can Save You Strokes

If you find yourself just off the green or your golf ball has come to rest against the collar of the rough, what club would you normally use?

Have you ever tried chipping with a hybrid?

After reading this, you just may consider the hybrid.

It’s a versatile club that can be used for more than just hitting full shots from the fairway or rough.

Colin had this same thought in his question:

Hi Sean, I was watching my club championship the other weekend, and one of the participants used his hybrids quite a lot around the greens. Is there a special way you like to play this shot?"

I like to use the hybrid every now and then around the greens, and it is definitely a good shot to have when you need it.

There are a couple of things that you need to know when chipping with a hybrid.

Chipping with a hybrid setup...

In your setup, I would like to see your feet very close together. Because it’s such a short shot, we are not looking for any weight transfer at all.

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The Difference Between Chipping vs Pitching

The Difference Between Chipping vs Pitching

What exactly is the difference when it comes to chipping vs pitching?

There is actually a big difference, and knowing the correct shot to play can save you anywhere from one to three strokes per round.

Dan wanted to know the difference between these shots, and when it would be appropriate to hit a pitch shot or chip shot:

Hey Sean, I have a lot of difficulty deciding the correct shot to play around the green.  Sometimes I don't know if I should be playing a chip shot or pitch shot. Do you have you any advice?

Before we get started, let’s first define what the difference is between a chip shot and pitch shot.

The pitch shot is a high shot you would hit two-thirds of the way to the pin, and it would release the last third of the way.

You would hit a chip shot lower and closer to the ground.  

With this shot, the ball would carry a third of the way to the pin, and release the other two-thirds. Now, a big part of deciding what shot to play is the first thing going to be the lie.

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How to Hit a Pitch Shot from 20 Yards

How to Hit a Pitch Shot from 20 Yards

Have you ever found yourself 20 yards short of the green?

Perhaps you’ve hit two great shots just short of a par 5, or you have miss-hit your second shot to a par 4.

You have a tight lie and you would like to have the ball land on the green and run out to the hole.

How exactly do you execute a pitch shot that rolls up close to the hole and leaves you with a potential birdie putt or the ability to save par?

Zach was recently in a similar situation and asked:

Hey Sean, I have been having a lot of issues with my 20-yard pitch shots around the green.  I have a tendency to catch them heavy or thin.  Do you have any techniques on how to hit a pitch shot that will help me be more consistent?

Pitch Shot Setup...

The most important part of getting more consistent with these 20-yard pitch shots is getting in a good setup from the start, and then establishing a good routine to help you repeat the same set-up over and over again.

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