Winning Edge with Berry Henson

Wed 04 Sep 2013

Winning Edge with Berry Henson

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September 4: American Berry Henson, who has one title each on the Asian Tour and Asian Development Tour, talks us through one of the toughest shots in the game, which is the flop shot. The easy-going Californian says that there are several key thoughts for him to execute the shot which has become one of his favourite shots in his bag.
Body Set up
I always place the golf ball in line with my left heel and ensure that I have an open stance (picture 1). This is to ensure that I’m hitting the ball on the upswing to create a high shot and a soft landing.
Club Set-up
The clubface is also open towards the intended target where you want the ball to land on the green. How much to open the clubface would often depend on how high you want the ball to go up in the air depending on the shot required.
Another key element is that I ensure the shaft of my lob wedge is leaning behind my hands and the ball where the shaft is effectively pointing towards my right shoulder. This also promotes a high shot.
The Wall
To pull off the flop shot, one of my key thoughts is for me to imagine there is a “wall” against on my left shoulder (picture 3). I then ensure that my golf swing does not get past this “wall” when I execute the shot (as illustrated in picture 4 and 5), which essentially ensures that I hit the ball high into the air and land softly on the green.
Do practice these key elements and see if it works for you. Happy golfing.
Berry Henson flop 2 Picture 2
Berry Henson flop 1 Picture 1
Berry Henson flop 4 Picture 4
Berry Henson flop 3 Picture 3
Berry Henson FLop 5 Picture 5