Uneven Lies — Ball Below Your Feet

You make be work­ing hard on how to fix a slice and in turn hit­ting more fair­ways. Your sec­ond shot, the approach shot into the green, is a more dif­fi­cult shot. Besides the fact that your ball isn’t on a tee, there’s a chance you are not on lev­el ground.

Uneven lies are a big rea­son it is dif­fi­cult for high hand­i­cap golfers to take their progress on the prac­tice range to the course. Even the flat­test of cours­es will present at least a few uneven lies per round. On oth­er cours­es, you’ll have more uneven lies than even ones! High hand­i­cap and begin­ner golfers many times do not make the small changes in set­up and swing nec­es­sary to hit a good shot from an uneven lie.

The first uneven lie we are going to cov­er is the ball below your feet. There are a few key things to remem­ber when set­ting up for a shot with the ball below your feet.

First, you’re far­ther away from the ball. You’ll need to bend more at the hips and flex more at the knees to com­pen­sate for this and get clos­er to the ball.

Sec­ond, both the slope and bend­ing more at the hips will want to put more of your weight on your toes and give you the feel­ing that you are going to fall down the slope. Keep your weight back on your heels to stay bal­anced.

Being bent more at the hips and knees will lim­it how much your low­er body can move, so the shot will be more arms and shoul­der move­ment. It’s impor­tant to main­tain your spine angle and not come up dur­ing the shot. This is why many golfers end up top­ping the ball from this lie.

Last­ly, the ball flight will tend to fol­low the slope of the lie. So your ball will go to the right (for right­ies) a cer­tain amount based on the amount of slope.

Watch the video below as Mar­tin Hall from the Golf Channel’s School of Golf explains these prin­ci­ples.

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