If this sounds like a Phil Mickelson move you’re right. Phil and I have been friends for years and I’ve learned from the master. And believe me—he owns this shot. To properly execute the “Phil flop” you need to loft the ball as high in the air as you can which means becoming comfortable making an extra-large swing with a wide-open clubface. This is the only way to get the ball to grab the green and spin back to the flagstick. By no means is this the “safe” shot but it sure is fun to try—and to pull off.
Don’t try to “make” 30-plus footers. Instead imagine that the hole is in the center of a circle that’s six feet in diameter and leave your lag inside that circle. This removes the pressure to make it so you’ll putt with more feel and less tension in your hands.
If you swing down hard enough the force of impact—coupled with the eventual squaring of the face—will pop the ball up and out. Don’t even think about finishing your swing—leave the club buried in the sand.