Last Updated: Oct 31, 2023

Golf Shot Types: Flop Shot

Also known as a "lob shot", a flop shot is where a golfer opens the face of a wedge and hits a high shot that lands and stops immediately on the green.

Written By: Zach Gollwitzer

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This is a short-game shot where the golfer "opens the club face" and takes a big swing, which produces a high shot where the golf ball lands softly and the ball travels a short distance. Also known as a "lob shot", these are risking shots, but fun to watch when executed correctly. Take a look at these PGA Tour pros hitting some beautiful flop shots.

how it's used in a sentence

Phil Mickelson just hit a beautiful flop shot to save par on that hole.

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