How to hit flop shots that start high and land low

How to hit flop shots that start high and land low


Bronte Law, the pride of Stockport, England, is not the tallest player on the. LPGA Tour – She averages just under 250 yards per drive, or 121st among her peers – which means she has to rely heavily on touch and deception. (You can watch her for yourself at the time AIG Women’s OpenThis week at Muirfield.)

Those qualities are especially important when players face one of the most pressing questions in golf: a Flop shot More than a terrible accident. Other tips can help, too, which is why I was so excited to receive a flop-shot tutorial from Bronte herself recently. You could say she laid down the law with all the good advice she gave me. (I won’t say this, but you can.)

Anyway, back to the lesson!

Site: A par-3 course at Hamilton Farm GC, in Gladstone, NJ

Conditions: Exaggerated, comfortable, light breeze

lie Juicy rough

Shoot 20 yards all the loose rock carries to the short side pin

My nerves On the edge!

Golf is best played with a little imagination, especially when it comes to executing special shots around the green. When you stand on the ball, fill your head with a list of dos and don’ts and you’re ready to hit a wing, an upper, a blade, maybe even a straight. With that in mind, Bronte gave me four simple keys:

1. Let the attic be your friend

First things first: your choice of club. Brontë typically employs 60 degrees. Wedge — Above all, the goal is to launch the ball quickly and land it gently, and no club in your bag is better equipped for those tasks. For shots that need more lift, open more of your wedge face at address.

“I move the shaft back to make sure I get the loft I need to get the ball to stop quickly,” Bronte said, adding that she likes to play the ball behind the stand.

Angle the shaft back for more loft.

2. Quiet your body – and your swing

Do not dunk or dunk or attempt to lift the ball into the air. You want to keep your core relatively tight – and again, let your club do the work. Too much movement can lead to bad relationships. Also inconsistent club head speed. “Your pick-up and follow-up speed should be the same,” says Bronte. “You don’t want to slow down or speed up at all.”

Ah, yes, the dreaded Diesel! you must be. You are forced to shoot or hit the ball 2 yards instead of 20. This leads to…

3. Don’t leave the ball short

It’s the last thing you want to face after one flop shot. other Flop shot. So don’t be too cute, and make sure you get the ball to the green. Even a long bent putt is a great alternative to what you have to hit – or try to hit.

If you’re going to miss it, miss it smart!

4. Read your lies

Not all lies are created equal. For example, a 20-yard flop shot from the fairway may require a shorter launch/slower speed than a 20-yard flop shot from the fairway. “Certain lies prevent certain shots from being played,” Bronte says. “You can be more violent in a deep brute than in a strong lie.”

For more from Bronte, watch the video above.

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