Bad Lie: Ball Below Feet

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Bad Lie: Ball Below Feet
Category: Bad Lies
Sub-Category: Posture, Address/Set-Up, Alignment

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Bad Lie: Ball Below Feet

With the ball below my feet the ball will tend to curve following the slope, so it will go from left to right, so I need to adjust my aim accordingly. I need to aim a little bit to the left of my target to allow the ball to bleed into the target area. The reason that is going to happen is that when I take my posture I am a little bit more bent over, and now the arms are going to swing up a little bit higher, making the ball fade a little bit more from a right-hand player’s perspective. So you need to adjust your aim. Balance is critical on this shot, so when I take my set up I want to take an extra golf club and swing a little bit easier, keeping myself in balance through the whole shot. If I lost my balance my weight will tend to go towards my toes and I will end up pulling the ball. That is why the ball may not always curve from left to right, but you can anticipate it. That is why I take an extra club, swing a little bit easier and allow the ball to bleed into the target area. Let me show you with a shot. The ball is below my feet, I have good balance. If you apply these principles I know it will make these shots easier for you on the golf course.

About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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