Golf Tip from Paige Spiranac: Hitting Balls Below and Above Your Feet

Paige is back with the slope simulator, showing us how she approaches hitting balls on sidehill lies – both below her feet, and above them. See how her advice can help improve your game!



Paige Spiranac:
Hey everyone, it’s Paige. We’re in Myrtle Beach today at the Dustin Johnson Golf School, and we’re going to talk ball below your feet, ball above your feet. They have this really cool contraption where you can work on it. And like I’ve said before, you practice on a flat range. And so when you get on the golf course where there’s tons of hills, different lies, it can get a little uncomfortable, because you haven’t practiced this before, but I’m going to give you one really simple, easy tip that’s going to help you when the ball is below your feet, and the ball is above your feet.

So what I like to do is you put your front foot down the slope. What’s going to happen is the ball is normally going to move to the right side, and you don’t want to do that. So you put your front foot down the slope to offset what’s going to happen. By doing that, I’m setting my stance more shut to have my club head come more from the inside and turn it over, which will create more of a draw, which will offset the ball going to the right. And so always remember front foot down the slope. So now you’re in the position to do hit a draw, and also you do feel a lot more stable. If you’re here, you feel kind of a bit on your toes, but with the split stance, you do feel really steady.

Another really great tip here is to stay still. Don’t try to have too much movement, or try to make the ball do something. Just try to stay as steady as possible. And you don’t even really have to think of anything else, because your stance already set up for a draw in your body will just already know what to do.

So remember, front foot down the slope, and then when ball is above your feet, you want to put your right foot up the slope. This way you’re going to have an open stance, because when ball is above your feet, you tend to hook it. So this will offset it with an open stance. It’s going to push your path more from out to in, and this will offset that draw, and it will straighten it out.

So just to recap, when the ball is above your feet, you want to have your right foot up the slope, and when the ball is below your feet, you’re going to have your left foot down the slope. So I hope that is easy for you guys to do, and you try it out!