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Skulls, Shanks and Flopshots

A dewsweeper recently wrote in that they had installed a short game green at their home and that for awhile their scores dropped as they perfected a delicate little flop shot which helped them on their course. Since then they have progressively gotten worse and now shank and skull most of their short shots. This dewsweeper needs help.

The flop shot is a wonderful shot to have in your arsenal but not needed all that much. Most amateurs try this shot way too much. The flop shot is hit by allowing the club head to slide up underneath the ball and flopping it nicely and softly up on the green. For the average golfer this shot promotes too much scooping and hand action rather than using a pivot motion to hit the shot. Not to mention it is an extremely high risk shot. If you find your self in this predicament remember where the low point of the swing needs to be….which is in front of the ball. Go back to making the shaft lean forward at impact. These keys will get you back to solid contact and help you get rid of the shanks and skulls. Use the flop only when necessary and realize that at times it is better to just take your medicine.

You want to be able to hit the flop shot but you don’t want it to be your only shot!

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