You probably seen on TV golf pros hitting that one hop and stopping wedge shot.
This is probably one of the most useful shots from 100 yards in because it’s a “one hop” and “stop”.
I know you’ve seen other high-spinning wedge shots that land then roll back 20 feet. I am not talking about those. Actually those shots are much harder to control and would only be useful in situations you actually have to roll it back.
For most situations from 100 yards in, you will benefit more from one hope stop, then a shot that lands and rolls back into the water.
So, how do you hit this shot?
First, you need a “clean” wedge with no dirt or grass between its grooves. If you don’t clean your golf clubs, I highly suggest you to do it starting from now on or at least clean your wedges as it will help you put more spin on the ball and hit the one hop and stop shot.
If you don’t have a clean wedge with dirt or grass in its grooves, that pretty much gives you no chance at this shot because clean grooves mean backspin on the ball.
Third, you need a relatively soft ball. If you use long-distance balls, you are probably not gonna one stop and hop it by any means. You might be able to do it in perfect conditions but if you want to hit the one hop and stop shot on consistent basis, switch to a softer ball as this will help your overall shortgame too.
I primarily use Titleist Pro V1X, that’s been my favorite golf ball for like the last 10 years or since it came out.
When you have a clean wedge and a soft ball, you are ready to rock!
The one hop and stop shot is nothing but actually a clean half-swing shot. To hit this, you need to do a half-swing instead of a full swing and try to hit the golf ball really clean.
When you do a half-swing on a wedge, you will get a lower trajectory and won’t spin out of control (and spin 20 feet back) but will simply one hop and stop.
There are of course more advanced ways to hit this shot but in reality, anyone can hit this shot with a clean wedge, soft ball, and a half swing provided the ball is hit squarely on the center of the clubface.
If you want to get a bit lower trajectory, you can play around by putting the golf ball slightly back in your stance (but I don’t recommend beyond center) and getting your weight over to the left on your downswing, which feels almost like you are coming over the top.
Also, you don’t hit this shot HARD, you want soft hands and a lazy rhythm. It’s a “feel” shot, if you force it, your ball will shoot up in the air and you won’t get the same stop and hop effect.
Remember, you need to hit the golf ball super-crisp and super-clean, a nice “thin” divot is a sign of that, no big divots please. Big divots mean you struck down on the ball too much and what happens is that the dirt and grass will get between the ball and your wedge grooves, killing your chances of putting lots of backspin on the golf ball.
You can hit this shot with pretty much any wedges (sand, lob, pitching), I prefer my sand wedge the best).
Remember, practice makes perfect. You will want to practice this shot with a clean wedge and also clean, soft balls. And yes, try to have a wet towel with you so you can clean your grooves every couple shots.
All these little things do matter when hitting the hop and stop shot.
The hop and stop shot is a great weapon to have in your golf bag because you can use it on a good day or a day with 30MPH+ winds. Since it will travel at a lower trajectory, your wedge shot isn’t affected by the wind as much, meaning more wedges shots closer to the hole.
Anyways, enough rambling, I hope these tips help you, just remember the most important 4 things: Clean grooves, clean “soft” balls, easy half-swing, and perfect contact with the ball.
You don’t have to do anything special to make the golf ball spin, just do the basics right. THAT, is the secret.