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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 209
TYPE “best flop shot” into YouTube and the first few pages are pretty much a shrine to Phil Mickelson. The bloke has the biggest bag of tricks of anyone on the PGA Tour, and he’s undoubtedly the master of the flop. At the 2014 FedEx St Jude Classic a bad bounce off a sprinkler head left him with a brutal sloping lie and little room to stop his ball. What he did next is bordering on impossible. WHILE we’re on Phil, this one wasn’t in competition play, but it’s still one of the greatest shots you’ll ever see. At some point we’ve all hit a ball and watched it end up behind where we started, but only Mickelson actually means to do it. I T’S arguably the hardest shot in golf. Hit it well and you’ll look like a golfing genius. Screw it up and you’ll be searching for your ball about 70m past the back of the green, and probably dealing with some angry folks on the next tee. The ‘flop shot’ is the domain of the highly skilled or the dangerously overconfident. Most of us fit into the latter category, but the ease with which some players on the PGA Tour can casually scoop the ball so high it comes down with snow on it, and then stop it on a dime, is so unnatural it’s probably illegal in some states. Welcome to the School of Flop. Prepare to be dazzled. E PHIL MICKELSON 2014 FEDEX ST JUDE CLASSIC PHIL MICKELSON THE BACKWARDS FLOP SHOT WATCH THE SHOT HERE WATCH THE SHOT HERE
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