- THE BABY FLOP
Whenever you miss the green near the pin, you've got one of the trickiest shots in golf. To get it close, you need to hit a pop-up that lands with a thud and stops dead.
1. Before you try this shot, make sure there's some cushion under the ball. Take your most lofted wedge, open the face so it's pointing skyward, then grip the club.
2. Lower the handle to add even more loft to the face.
3. Stand a little wider than normal.
←4. Make a skimming swing, trying to slide the clubface under the ball, and keep the clubhead moving well past impact.
EXPLANATION: Widening your stance helps produce a shallow, low-to-the-ground swing path. And the combination of a shallow path and an open clubface will produce the softest shot possible. Give it some practice time, and never try it from a firm lie.