Picture the scene - you are playing over a bunker from a very bare lie to a very tight pin position. What are you worried about?
Well it is either thinning it over the green into trouble or chunking it into the bunker. That’s what most people would be worried about. From this tight lie it would be extremely difficult to create perfect contact on the ball, so don’t even think about doing that.
Instead set your club roughly two inches before the ball, and play the bounce flop shot. Position the ball opposite your left heel, set your weight 60-40 on your left side and leave it there make sure that your club shaft is in line with your hands and not ahead, or you will take the bounce off the club.
Now take a look at the first picture, where you will see that I have just played the shot. Note how my body is turning through yet my head has remained very still, until the ball runs up the club face into the air.
As the ball is on the face for longer the friction between the nice/clean grooves, is what produces maximum backspin. There is no chopping down action required to create spin - a very shallow angle of attack is what you require.
Now here is the good bit. Even if you duff it, as long as you keep your body turning through, the ball will clear the dreaded bunker.
Now have a look at the second picture. At the end of the swing my hands/wrists have re-hinged up to set the club on it’s end with the butt now pointing back down to where the ball was sitting. This is almost a slight scoop with the right hand to add some more precious degrees of loft. Naturally this shot requires some practice before it feels natural.
Finally, note how my body is facing directly towards the target. This bounce flop shot only works when you commit to turning through the shot. If you are half hearted it usually doesn’t. Good luck experimenting with it. Next week: Low bounce shot.