How to Hit ‘Knuckleball’ Flop Shots

Flop shots are useful when you’ve got just a little green to work with. For example, if you’re just off the side of a green with a tucked pin, you need a shot that sticks as soon as it lands—it doesn’t spin and is “dead” when it hits the green. This shot not only adds diversity in shot-making for the golfer, but is impressive to watch when you pull it off.

This tip shows you the technique for gripping the club, selecting the right club, and executing the shot so the ball lands on the green and does not roll out.

The Setup

Use the most lofted club in your bag, like a 60-degree wedge. Open the face and the stance just as you would a bunker shot. Weaken your grip (for a right hander, turn both hands counterclockwise on the grip). Try to feel that the “v” that is created between the thumb and first finger points to your lead shoulder. The weak grip prevents the face from rotating close during the shot.

The Shot

In the backswing, make sure to hinge the wrists quickly, which sets up a downswing that allows the club face to slide underneath the ball. The face will continue pointing to the sky beyond impact, and the ball will hardly spin off the face so when it lands on the green it won’t roll out. Think of a knuckleball in baseball and how little it spins.

Tips Courtesy of Alison Curdt, GolfTips Magazine[i]

[i] https://www.golftipsmag.com/instruction/short-game/knuckle-ball-flop-shots/