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Seve Ballesteros Holster Move | Short Game Masterclass On The Soft Flop Shot

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Henry Fall:
We’re doing a little Seve Ballesteros hand path secret, a short game magic trick. We’re calling this the holster move.

Milo Lines:
The holster.

Henry Fall:
Sweet. All right, Milo, talk us through this holster move.

Milo Lines:
Okay. So what is the holster? Well, if you look at Seve, he had some really soft hands and he would set the club in here with the handle pretty low. And as he’d swing the club, he would allow the handle to almost kind of slow down and the head to fly by. And then it looked like when he was finished right here, the [inaudible 00:00:41] right on his left leg, like he’s going to put it in the holster.

Henry Fall:
Yep. So that hand path was really… It’s almost like his hands went into his left pocket.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. The hands went left, but the club head didn’t hang on like this. The club head would go-

Henry Fall:
Yes. But the club also didn’t exit way left.

Milo Lines:
No.

Henry Fall:
You still, the face… Actually I’ve had a pro tell me this before where the face was like a selfie stick. So here’s the face looking back at a selfie. So that’s kind of the feeling where it was more that folding up, drop it in the holster.

Milo Lines:
For sure.

Henry Fall:
Right? And he would also, like you said, get really low, have a lot of knee flex, and he would grip down pretty far. So he could really feel like he was in control, but still have soft hands.

Milo Lines:
For sure.

Henry Fall:
So, all right. Let’s see.

Milo Lines:
Let’s see if we can hit a little softie. This is downhill-

Henry Fall:
This is a really hard shot.

Milo Lines:
… to a green that runs away from us out of this little rough.

Henry Fall:
It probably doesn’t look that hard on camera, but we got probably about 10 feet of green. And it’s a down slope that goes away. So this is going to have to be kind of a powder puff coming out of here to get it to land and stop. So he would get in here like this and go…

Milo Lines:
It’s like the hands almost are going…. They’re they’re almost slowing down. So you feel like the hands are almost slowing down and letting that club just slide past.

Henry Fall:
Give yourself a lie that’s sitting decent. Don’t don’t let it be perched up too much because you could cut under it. I got to get my weight just a little left on this one, too. Oh. Oh, we hit it a little too soft. Not bad though. Just got to land it just another yard.

Milo Lines:
That was [crosstalk 00:02:35].

Henry Fall:
Oh, there it is. Look at that, how soft that was.

Milo Lines:
How’d you get it to stop that fast?

Henry Fall:
I used height, But I got to go down underneath that ball. See that last one I took a little bit bigger swing. Oh, that’s so good.

Milo Lines:
That’s really good. Now I have to try it.

Henry Fall:
Those, those last two were juicy.

Milo Lines:
Pretty good. First one was a little bit, made you look a little foolish, but after that you did pretty good.

Henry Fall:
Well, it’s amazing once you feel so soft, you actually can make a longer swing. That was nice.

Milo Lines:
I think I got inside of you.

Henry Fall:
You win. Your aim was better.

Milo Lines:
Yeah, I got it going straight.

Henry Fall:
You see how big and soft that swing is?

Milo Lines:
It’s big and it’s real soft hands. And I just feel like I’m letting that club just glide by.

Henry Fall:
So here’s another little secret that I want to talk about too. We’ve we’ve mentioned this before in bunkers, is how Seve would sort of… We’ll call it mark his territory, almost. In the sand he would put the club down in practice rounds where the hosel he would want it to enter.

Milo Lines:
Okay.

Henry Fall:
Because that would get the heel, the hosel, down underneath the ball. So same with a flop shot. Let’s get that club in there, down in the ground a little bit. Sort of drop it, then grip and then we actually are almost chunking it just a hair.

Milo Lines:
Yeah. So when I hit this shot, I’m actually hitting the ground with the back part of the golf club behind the ball. I feel like I set it in here like this and you can see I’m not aimed off to the left. I’m actually in pretty straight or maybe even almost closed. Then I make a nice big swing and let the weight of the golf club… Almost jarred it in the end.

Henry Fall:
It stopped within like six feet. That’s pretty good.

Milo Lines:
That was pretty tasty.

Henry Fall:
And these are range balls by the way. So I know we didn’t get backspin but for you guys at home, when you start using like a Pro V or one of your top premium balls, these are going to come out really soft and tasty.

Milo Lines:
For sure.

Henry Fall:
So work on these little soft shots, because most of the time when you miss the green, you’re not that far off. Hopefully. So get good with little short shots like this. And even here, if you have a little more fringe to work with, maybe bumping it is better play.

Milo Lines:
If I had this shot for real, I probably would play it low.

Henry Fall:
Yeah.

Milo Lines:
But we had to show off.

Henry Fall:
Yeah. We got to have some fun.

Milo Lines:
Yeah.

Henry Fall:
So holster move, Seve. Hope you guys enjoy it.