How To Open The Clubface On Flop Shots

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

13 Responses to “How To Open The Clubface On Flop Shots”

  1. November 29, 2015


    Thank you ,Paul ,for giving us the way to hold the handle for a flop shot .
    I suppose You’re going to follow up by showing how to play it ,ball position. ,how much to open the stance ,length And tempo OF the backswing ,etc…
    I very seldom play this shot on the golf course ,too dangerous with the danger OF skullinng the shot or hitting the ball off the hosel !
    I’m amazed to see the Pro’ s hitting Flop shots from the edge OF the Green when a simple ,down to earth low chip would suffice !
    Why do they take such a risk ?
    OF course ,they are Pro’s ,And I am not !

    • November 30, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Don’t have to. All of these tips are in the Dashboard under Pitching. This was a just a quick one I thought of when shooting tips that day.

      Great shot. Just got to practice it.

  2. November 29, 2015


    Paul why didn’t you mention that after opening you just use your Pitching technique

    • November 30, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Because this was a quick tip about how to grip the club for flop shots that I thought of. All other pitching tips are in the Dashboard under Short Game > Pitching.

  3. November 30, 2015


    Greetings Coach/ Friday ,while watching the second tip in curing CHICKEN WING I discovered a HORRIFING defect in my swing.All was well I thought,good tempo ,touch the knees ,club level with ears,and then I saw your elbows in the finish. Not only could I not hold a brick between MY elbows but a bushel basket would fall through,my left elbow was almost level with the ground.So I tried to swing and put my arms touching in the touch the ears finish could not do it at first .Today that is getting better. Got some word to do in the next 4 months. Really,what a revelation until I saw that tip I probably would not have have known . THANKS COACH i’ll keep watchhing

    • November 30, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Most people have a huge gap in the elbows because most people chicken wing. 90% or more of the people who come to me for lessons do a chicken wing. Make sure you are working on this until the gap is maintained. This will widen the arc. Just do it in practice swings and you should have it soon.

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    November 30, 2015


    I hit a pretty good flop shot doing just as you teach in Michigan. However, in Florida the grass here seems so much different, that I hardly ever even try the shot here any more. The grass is more grabby and the lies are often so fluffy. Anyway, I messed up this shot so often in FL that I am very gun shy of it. Any thoughts on that?

    • November 30, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Yeah, little trickier down there. I remember those days so may years ago. You just have to either practice it more or go with what you are confident with. If it is sitting up you need to grip down the approx amount you think it’s sitting up. Can be tricky though.

  5. December 18, 2015



    Im curious are you using a sand wedge or lob wedge in this video? With a lob wedge do you still want us to open the face. If so how much..

    • December 19, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I am using sand wedge. This is for flop and bunker shots. You can open it with a lob wedge if you need to get the ball up and stop it fast. You would have to make this determination based on the shot you have.

  6. I enjoy hitting a flop shot. I’ve been practicing since I joined your site a couple years ago.
    I practice out in the front yard as well with a 60° wedge to a Pin about 8 to 15 yards away. I get the club face open to about 2 to 3 o’clock and land them nicely usually.
    Once in a while I slice it, but I feel like I’m doing the same swing.
    Why do you think this happens?

    • John,

      Glad you are practicing it. This is an important shot.

      You are not actually slicing it you are blading it. The face is open. You come up a little and the club comes off the ground hitting it with the face wide open. So stay more focused on hitting the shot. Once you hit it, then look for it.

  7. March 10, 2023



    One simple question…maybe I should have asked on a sand shot tip, but will here anyway.

    If the sand is super fine, like the stuff I tend to find in FL courses (sugar sand), is opening the club more essentially giving more bounce and hence will keep me from getting too under the ball? I am a pretty good bunker player, but that sugar sand still to this day gives me fits. Just last weekend I left a couple still in the bunker cause I got too deep…


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