Originally Posted by A-Rod's Cousin
I hit flops pretty well when practicing but I'm always afraid to try it on the course. I only use it if it's the only option, which is rare. I should really learn to use it more though since my new home course has punch bowl green and my old course had crowns.
I take my 60 and choke to near the bottom of the grip, open the clubface as much as possible, open my stance. Feet close together, weight 95% on front foot and keep my lower body as still as I can during the swing. Don't be afraid to accellerate through the ball. No idea if that is entirely right but it seems to work.
Sorry for the scattered thoughts ITT I'm not used to writing my descriptions and I tend to get a bit terse as this is one area of golf that I really know my stuff. I grew up playing tennis and hit a 1 handed slice backhand so flop shots/bunker shots have come very naturally to me. I just imagine carving the same spin on a golf ball and my body immediately creates the positions to make it happen. In fact to do this description I had to pick up a club and piece it together backwards. ie imagine the shot, go to hit it and then see what I'm doing
The bolded above is all wrong for a true flop shot imo. For a true flop shot a few factors have to be present. Very shallow club entry with a slightly open face. Enough grass under the ball to slide your wedge without the bounce striking the ground. ie you cannot hit a flop shot off of pavement otherwise it's really just a perfect pitch. What you are trying to do is have the ball slide up the clubface slightly and by opening the face you are somewhat negating the effects of the gooves and allowing the ball to slide up the clubface with the contact point ideally being above center.. The best flop shots are hit in the "top of the clubface". Try to imagine sliding the clubface all the way under the ball until the ball contacts the top of the clubface.
1) A wider stance is vital to create the shallow entry. A narrow stance steepens your entry and will lower trajectory and increase the margin for error.
2) Knees need to be flexed and moving forward through the shot. This is the key
to a successful flop allowing for shallow entry and wide swing bottom.
3) Ball pos. is forward of center but not too far.
If you want to play with it, the ultimate flops occur when you unhinge your wrists and let the clubhead move ahead of the hands just slightly before impact. Bottom line is you need to learn how to slide your open face wedge right under the ball with less and and less grass under the ball. You will soon learn your threshold and can work from there. Same reason I recommend practicing chips and pitches off of as flat a surface as possible.