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Golfing lesson from a pro: How to master the flop shot

Whether you’re a keen amateur, a social player or doing business on the golf course, your scorecard can soon look ugly if you struggle around the greens. EX magazine enlisted the help of full-time golf pro Quincy Quek to help us turn triple bogeys into pars.

 

QUINCY QUEK

Age: 26

Nationality: Singaporean

Turned Pro: 2009

Best Win: 2012 Orchard Golf Championship, Philippines.

Mantra: There are only two options regarding commitment: you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in between.

 

KEY TIP: This is a hugely technical shot, so make sure you do your work on the range before even attempting this on the course. If you put the hard work in, that will instill confidence – and you need to believe in yourself 100% to pull this off.

THEORY: The ultimate master of the flop shot is Open champion Phil Mickelson. You’re trying to get the ball popping up as high as possible, as soon as possible. Mickelson practices a lot. He likes to get creative with different lies, different irons and he’s very comfortable with the shot. Even at the 72 hole at a big tournament with everything on the line he can pull it off.

DANGER: If you don’t commit there’s a good chance of hitting it fat or thin. Even if you do hit it well, the trajectory you achieve differs a lot depending on how fast you’ve hit it. If you don’t commit and decelerate on the downswing then it won’t go far.

STANCE: Lay the club down with the head flat and the shaft resting on your belly button. Open your blade and expose your leading edge to the ball. The stance is wider, squat a little more. Your hands will be lower, and you just want to get the club-face open as wide as possible. Because your club is open, the leading edge is pointing towards the target and your feet to the left of the target. You need to adjust the body so the two lines cancel each other out.

SWING: It depends a lot on the lie. The ball has to be sitting nicely; even if it’s in the rough, as long as it’s nestling on top of the grass then it’s fine. If the grass is cut quite tight then this shot is not advisable. If you’re on a hard lie you can’t get under the ball, making it very likely that you’ll hit it thin. Is there enough green to get the ball safe? Are there hazards looming large?  How confident are you?

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