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.  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 below 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 Below Your Feet



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


Your ball will be below your feet and if you took your normal stance without making any adjustments, you would hit the ball above the equator.  This will probably result in a thinned shot.  This would bring the course hazards into play.


Set up Adjustments When Playing the Ball from Below Your Feet


So, to get the best results when playing a shot when the balls below 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 fade on the ball flight you will get
  • You will need to flex the knees more than normal to help you get the club behind the ball
  • The greater the slope the more fade on the ball your will see
  • Because the ball is above below your feet, you will need to grip towards the end of the club’s grip
  • You will need to flex the knees more than normal to help you get the club behind the ball
  • 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


What’s Next


That’s the last lesson in the Advanced Shot Coaching Plan for now.  We will be adding more video training plans as we develop the site.


The next plan in the long game series is the Driver Coaching Plan.  

Next Lesson – The Driver Coaching Plan

The Driver Coaching Plan will help to develop your ability to make the necessary adjustments to your set up, to be able to hit the driver off the tee.

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