How to Stripe a Ball Below Your Feet

By Steve Silverman

Hitting the ball from uneven lies is one of the toughest things for an inexperienced golfer to get used to. It is tough enough to hit a good shot with an even lie in the fairway or the short rough. But if you are playing on a hilly course, you might find yourself standing above the ball. When you face this situation, you still have to find a way to make solid contact with an accurate shot.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Address the ball with a wider stance and more knee bend as you prepare to hit a ball that is on a downhill lie. You want to give yourself every chance to hit this shot without losing your balance. A wider stance will help you to remain upright and in a good position while you swing.
Step 2
Hold the club at the top of the grip. You might be less than 150 yards from the green and in a position on the course where you normally would start to choke down on the club. But with the ball below your feet, you need as much club as possible so hold it at the end.
Step 3
Aim to the left of your target. When your feet are above the ball, your shot will have the tendency to have a left-to-right spin and the ball will fly to the right. To counteract this action, aim about 10 yards to the left of your target.
Step 4
Do not rise up out of your stance. This is the most difficult part. Because you are taking a wider stance than normal and bending your knees a bit more, your natural tendency will be to rise up. If you do this, the ball will fly directly to the right.
Step 5
Swing the club at a normal pace. Most golfers feel they need to hit the ball harder when the ball is beneath them. That is not the case. A smooth and even swing will get your ball to the target a lot more consistently than swinging hard.

Tips & Warnings

Do not overclub when attempting to hit a ball beneath your feet. Change your stance and your aim but not your club.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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