Golf Insights - Tips from Ottawa Golf Guru

Down-cock it like Sergio

At 5'10" and only 160 lbs, it doesn't make sense that Sergio Garcia can hit it that far!!!  The PGA Tour is packed with players who are 6'+, 200 lbs... Read More

Why I like Rickie Fowler's golf swing - it is really good!

So he's done it, this charismatic kid - who is just as comfortable on a mountain bike as he is on the golf course - has earned his first PGA... Read More

The role of hand rotation at the top of the golfswing - How to hit it flush!

Let me share with you one of the do's and one of the don'ts of the golfswing.  This important tip can quickly transform your game - and in very little... Read More

Here are the keys to hitting an amazing flop shot everytime.

  • Hit it high.  Loft is your friend and you need loft to hit a flop shot successfully.  It you don't carry a wedge with loft exceeding 52 degrees I would suggest you invest in a 58 or 60 degree wedge.  It will give you a high initial launch angle necessary to halt the ball quickly on the green - you want your ball land like a butterfly with sore feet!
  • Add more loft.  Even with a 60 degree wedge, you should add more loft to launch the ball quickly.  To do this, simply rock the wedge back so the face is pointing more to the sky.
  • Grip the club lightly with both hands and allow loose and supple wrists as you waggle the club back and forth
  • Control the distance you want the ball to go by adjusting the length of your backswing.  To hit the ball higher and farther make a full backswing, for shorter flops - a shorter swing.  It is key is to always accelerate.
  • Release the club under the ball.  In order to flight the ball high and soft, you need to create an action through impact where the clubhead slides under the ball like a scythe.   You want to minimize contact with the ball to a slight touch as the club is passing beneath it.
  • Don't release the clubhead.  Do not turn the clubface over through impact, instead keep the face pointing at your target as long as possible.  This will encourage the ball to start online and reduce the chances of hitting the ball too far.
  • Watch contact.  A common fault when hitting flop shots is to peek, which causes your head to rise and often leads to a skulled shot.  Keep your eyes on the ground until well after the ball has left the clubface.
  • Allow a smile, as your ball jumps quickly in the air and lands softly on the green like a cotton ball!

Learn the flop shot and you will love the flop shot.  It is a fun shot to hit and will save you some strokes on your scorecard!

Lee Tamburano

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How to hit a flop shot - and save your score!

Has this ever happened to you? You are standing in the fairway, have only a 9 iron in and are desperate to hit the ball close to the hole.  The... Read More

Here are the keys to hitting an amazing flop shot everytime.

  • Hit it high.  Loft is your friend and you need loft to hit a flop shot successfully.  It you don't carry a wedge with loft exceeding 52 degrees I would suggest you invest in a 58 or 60 degree wedge.  It will give you a high initial launch angle necessary to halt the ball quickly on the green - you want your ball land like a butterfly with sore feet!
  • Add more loft.  Even with a 60 degree wedge, you should add more loft to launch the ball quickly.  To do this, simply rock the wedge back so the face is pointing more to the sky.
  • Grip the club lightly with both hands and allow loose and supple wrists as you waggle the club back and forth
  • Control the distance you want the ball to go by adjusting the length of your backswing.  To hit the ball higher and farther make a full backswing, for shorter flops - a shorter swing.  It is key is to always accelerate.
  • Release the club under the ball.  In order to flight the ball high and soft, you need to create an action through impact where the clubhead slides under the ball like a scythe.   You want to minimize contact with the ball to a slight touch as the club is passing beneath it.
  • Don't release the clubhead.  Do not turn the clubface over through impact, instead keep the face pointing at your target as long as possible.  This will encourage the ball to start online and reduce the chances of hitting the ball too far.
  • Watch contact.  A common fault when hitting flop shots is to peek, which causes your head to rise and often leads to a skulled shot.  Keep your eyes on the ground until well after the ball has left the clubface.
  • Allow a smile, as your ball jumps quickly in the air and lands softly on the green like a cotton ball!

Learn the flop shot and you will love the flop shot.  It is a fun shot to hit and will save you some strokes on your scorecard!

Lee Tamburano

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How to hit the ball solid - the importance of the shoulders in the golf swing

Fact - if your shoulders are open to the target prior to impact, you are going to hit a poor shot. Fact - if you initiate the downswing with your... Read More

The Importance of the Fundamentals of Golf - Quick Tips

Fundamentals.  Fundamentals.  Fundamentals. You hear or read about it all the time, the importance of the fundamentals, focus on the fundamentals, get back to the fundamentals. Well I tend to... Read More

How important is getting your golf clubs custom fitted?

Extremely. In a nutshell, here is why.  What's worse than striping a shot, hitting the sweet spot, swinging in balance - and watching the ball veer off target and end... Read More

Thin your chips for more consistent roll

Chipping can be difficult.  There are a lot variables to hitting a good chip - Is the ball sitting up - sitting down?  How much loft do I need?  How... Read More

Is Augusta a little piece of heaven?

Someday, hopefully not soon, I am going to die.  And when I transition from this world to the next - I expect to play a lot of golf.   Yes,... Read More

How to hit the golf ball farther - 2 simple steps!

Everyone wants to hit the golf ball farther, and everyone of any age or skill level can.  In order to bomb the ball out there, it is important to understand... Read More

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