Ball Above Feet Lie

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Ball Above Feet Lie
Category: Bad Lies
Sub-Category: Address/Set-Up, Alignment, Grip

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Ball Above Feet Lie

Here we have a ball above my feet. When the ball is above my feet it tends to curve with the slope. If I mentally work to roll a golf ball along this slope, the ball will tend to work down to the left. That is the same thing that’s going to happen in flight with this golf ball. I have to measure to the ball as I hit this club to the slope the handle gets lower. For example, if I had a ball up at shoulder level the handle would be horizontal and I would have to stand a long ways away. So your adjustments here are farther away, a little taller and choking down on the club just a little bit and then allowing for the curvature that you’re going to get from this clubface which is more horizontal the loft is aimed to the left. Let me play this shot for you. The first thing I’m going to do is practice swing. Now I’m going to aim to the right. I’ve already found out from my practice swing where the bottom of the arc would be. I’m trying to swing along the slope. Feeling the club to the slope, feeling the body to the club, going to swing along my body lines and let the slope curve my ball. Making sure that I stay balanced. Now I’d like to hit the uphill lie for you. Here we have an uphill lie. The balls going to go higher. So I expect the ball to go higher, and a little shorter. I have found that your lofted clubs go shorter; your straight face clubs actually sometimes go farther. Because you seem to get them up into the air and keep them in the air longer. With a 6-iron I can expect the shot to go maybe about a club shorter. I’m going to fit the club to the slope as we did on the downhill but now everything is reversed. I’m further behind it and the club tends to strike the ground farther up. So I’m playing with a more forward ball position, but I’m trying to swing along the slope. I want my weight to go up to the left as much as possible but I want to stay in position at the same time. That’s exactly what I would expect from this side. The poor players will stay back too long and pull across it. The better players will swing along the slope though they can’t quite complete their weight transfer or they’ll get into their left side with a little more weight on the right and get a higher straight shot. The uphill lie is very forgiving; you ought to be able to play the uphill lie with a little practice.

About the Instructor
Jack Lumpkin
Jack Lumpkin
Sea Island Golf Club
100 Retreat Ave.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Tel: 912-638-5119

Jack Lumpkin is a legendary instructor to PGA Tour Pro Davis Love III and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #12 instructor in the world.


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