Ball Above Your Feet

Produced by SERVPRO® with Golf Digest | Avoid disaster on a side slope by adjusting your target line and choking up.

Released on 3/20/2019

Transcript

00:00
[upbeat music]
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Golf is easy when it's on the range.
00:06
The lies are perfect, and even when you do mess up,
00:08
there's an entire bucket of balls to do it over.
00:10
But on the course, it's about how well you avoid disaster
00:13
and how well you recover when you do find trouble.
00:17
In season two of this video series with ServPro,
00:19
I'm gonna show you how to clean up
00:21
some of the game's biggest messes that can wreck your score,
00:23
like it never even happened.
00:25
[upbeat rock music]
00:35
[club hitting ball]
00:38
[upbeat music]
00:43
Most of the time when we practice,
00:45
it's usually on the driving range,
00:47
and the lies are generally pretty flat.
00:49
But on the golf course,
00:51
we can run into situations like this daily.
00:54
The ball's sitting considerably above our feet,
00:56
and the biggest problem with this
00:58
is that when we tend to hit this shot,
01:00
this ball's gonna want to curve off to the left.
01:02
So, how do we offset that?
01:04
How do we hit this shot?
01:05
Well the first thing I have to understand
01:08
is that when the ball's above my feet,
01:10
if I were to keep the normal length of the club,
01:12
and my arms were to extend,
01:14
I could possibly hit that ground too hard.
01:16
So what I want to do is I wanna choke up just a little bit
01:20
to where my arms can extend,
01:22
and I'm just gonna sweep the top of the grass.
01:24
Now the next thing that's very important, ball position.
01:28
And what I want to do is I wanna make sure this ball
01:30
is a little more back in my stance.
01:32
And the reason for that is I want this club
01:35
to hit the ball a little bit earlier in the swing
01:38
so that the face can be a little bit more open
01:40
and start this ball a little bit more to the right
01:42
before it curves to the left.
01:44
And then the last thing, we're already on a weird lie,
01:48
so we could have a tendency to lose our balance,
01:50
so we're going to make an easy golf swing.
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So I'm gonna choke up,
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I'm gonna make sure that ball's a little back in the stance,
01:56
and I'm gonna make a nice easy golf swing.
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[club hitting ball]
02:04
If you can do those few things,
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you're gonna become a specialist
02:07
off of these side hill lies and get out of this situation
02:10
like it never even happened.
02:12
[upbeat music]
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