Best Mechanical Adjustments, Ball Above Feet Techniques

Good planning can go a long way in golf, but it can’t hit the shot for you. To actually send the ball on its way, you’ll need to put your swing to work – and it might be necessary to modify that swing slightly when the ball is above your feet. Fortunately, the adjustments you may need to make are relatively minor, and your overall swing isn’t going to have to change too dramatically.

The list below highlights the three key adjustments and techniques you’ll want to consider in this situation.

  • Choke down slightly on the grip. The main goal you should have with regard to your mechanical adjustments is to keep the situation as close to normal as possible. You can’t do anything about leveling the ground, but you can alter your technique in a way that will make the shot feel a little more comfortable. To start in that direction, one thing you can do is to choke down slightly on the grip. This will make the club effectively shorter, which is helpful because the ball is sitting up closer to your hands at address. If you were to use the entire length of the club for the swing, you would run the risk of hitting the shot fat. That is less likely to happen if you choke down a bit. Of course, you’ll lose a little bit of swing speed when you choke down, so take that into account when you are trying to decide which club to hit.
  • Narrow your stance. This is another adjustment aimed at helping you normalize the situation. When you narrow your stance at address, you’ll naturally stand a little taller over the ball. As a result, you will have more room to work with between your hands and the ball at impact, again lessening the risk of a fat shot. When you combine a narrower stance with moving your hands down the shaft by an inch or two, you’ll be on your way to a positive outcome.
  • Flatten the plane of your swing. The last tip on our list has to do with the overall shape of your swing. To play a shot where the ball is above your feet, try flattening out the shape of your swing slightly. This means you are going to swing the club back behind your right shoulder as opposed to moving it higher up in the air. You might feel a little uncomfortable with this at first, so try making a couple extra practice swings before you hit the shot. If you were to make a more upright swing, the toe of the club may dig in to the turf as you attempt to swing through the hitting area. By flattening it out, you should be able to make cleaner contact, resulting a better shot.

As you can see, there isn’t anything dramatic that you’ll need to do in order to play a shot with the ball above your feet. The goal should be to keep your adjustments subtle, so you can feel as comfortable as possible. We hope the three tips listed above will help you achieve quality results as soon as your very next round.