Playing The Ball From Above Your Feet

During this lesson we will be discussing the mechanics of the shot where the ball is above your feet.  So, by the end of the lesson you will have an understanding of the technical requirements of this shot.

What You Will Learn

  • How to change your set up to hit a shot with the ball above your feet
  • Stance adjustment
  • Weight distribution
  • Grip adjustment
  • Aim adjustment

What You Need

  • A media device mobile, tablet, laptop or computer
  • Internet connection
  • Practice area or driving range
  • Golf balls
  • Golf club Sand Wedge – 8 iron

Playing The Ball From Above Your Feet



The aim of the shot is to progress the ball to the target. 


Your ball will be above your feet and if you took your normal stance without making any adjustments, you would hit the ground first.  This will probably result in a fat shot.  You would probably hit the ground with the toe of club first.  This would result in the club face being open as it goes through impact and result in a weak slice.  This would bring the course hazards into play.


Set Up Adjustments When Playing the Ball From Above Your Feet


So, to get the best results when playing a shot when the balls above your feet, you need to make some adjustments to your set up.  I would recommend that you make the fewest changes to your normal swing as possible required to make this shot.


The set-up changes required to hit the high shot are:


  • Maintain your ball position 2 inches left of your sternum target side
  • Your ball to target line is normal
  • Your foot to target line needs to be adjusted slightly, to counter the effect of the draw on the ball flight you will get
  • The greater the slope the more draw on the ball your will see
  • Because the ball is above your feet, you will need to choke down on the grip
  • Keep your lower body as stable as possible throughout the swing
  • If you find it difficult to maintain your balance in these shots shorten your swing
  • Your swing tempo should be the same as normal


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What’s Next


The next lesson in the Advanced Shot Coaching Plan is Playing The Ball From Below Your Feet.

Next Lesson – Playing The Ball From Below Your Feet

During this lesson we will be discussing the mechanics of the shot where you’re playing the ball from below your feet. 

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