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Nick's Tricks

4 key shots around the green...and how to drill the putt

December 2012
Nick Watney

Rehinge the club to a mirror image of the backswing.

2. FLOP SHOT

Nothing's sweeter than saving par when nobody in your group, including you, thought it was possible. Enter the flop shot. To hit a high, soft flopper that barely rolls after it bounces, most golfers know to address the ball with an open stance and an open clubface. But the common mistake is to grip the club and then twist the face open. Let the clubface lay open behind the ball first, then take your normal grip. This keeps your wrists in a neutral position so you can hinge them on the backswing and follow-through like mirror images. Think about sliding the face under the ball. Commit to a full, fluid motion, and be sure your belly button faces the target at the finish.
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