Start a Free 3 Day Trial

Get access to 900+ instructional videos
No credit card required
Tyler Ferrell is the only person in the world named to Golf Digest's list of Best Young Teachers in America AND its list of Best Golf Fitness Professionals in America. Meet your new instructor.

Click here to join now and get full access.

Ball above your feet driver

In this video, I demonstrate the "ball above your feet driver" drill, which helps golfers with steep swings by utilizing an uphill lie to encourage a shallower, more rotational swing path. This classic drill is beneficial for those struggling with a chopping motion, often seen in newer golfers or those with an upper body-dominant swing. The goal is to swing up the slope, keeping the club close to the same height as it approaches the ball to achieve a shallower contact with the driver. Practicing on a hill provides excellent feedback, and it's a great way to naturally improve your driver swing.

WEBVTT - This file was automatically generated by VIMEO

0
00:00:05.030 --> 00:00:07.640
This drill is ball above your Feet driver. Um,

1
00:00:07.820 --> 00:00:12.000
so this is an old classic drill for helping shallow out a swing. Um,

2
00:00:12.140 --> 00:00:16.000
so many golfers who struggle with the driver have a little bit more of kind of

3
00:00:16.120 --> 00:00:21.120
a, a chopping motion. This can happen to, um, newer golfers, uh,

4
00:00:21.300 --> 00:00:25.600
or golfers with kind of a really poor palm grip or just golfers who are really

5
00:00:25.600 --> 00:00:30.040
upper body dominant. Um, so that ends up causing a lot of problems.

6
00:00:30.100 --> 00:00:33.880
If I was down here and I kind of chop down like this, um,

7
00:00:34.280 --> 00:00:38.560
I can get away with that with some irons, but I'll tend to hit some pop-ups. Um,

8
00:00:38.620 --> 00:00:42.680
and I'll tend to hit a lot of, uh, slice shots, um,

9
00:00:42.710 --> 00:00:46.840
from the steep path angle of attack. Um, it's a really pa uh,

10
00:00:46.980 --> 00:00:48.440
bad driver pattern.

11
00:00:48.780 --> 00:00:52.560
So one of the old classic drills is swinging with the ball above your feet. Now,

12
00:00:52.600 --> 00:00:55.000
I happen to have kind of the perfect scenario for this,

13
00:00:55.090 --> 00:00:59.720
where I have a graduated hill, um, that comes down to a,

14
00:00:59.920 --> 00:01:03.360
a flat spot, but you can just work. Um, I, you know,

15
00:01:03.360 --> 00:01:07.360
I've given it to students who just do it in the backyard, just practicing, um,

16
00:01:07.680 --> 00:01:11.520
swinging, either hitting wiffle ball or just practicing swinging on the hill.

17
00:01:12.000 --> 00:01:14.440
'cause the, the benefit of the hill is when you're on a,

18
00:01:14.720 --> 00:01:16.800
a ball above your feet situation like this,

19
00:01:17.300 --> 00:01:21.600
if the ground is higher up on the outside of the golf ball.

20
00:01:21.600 --> 00:01:23.200
So if I come from the outside,

21
00:01:23.640 --> 00:01:26.800
I will be more likely to hit the ground before I hit the golf ball.

22
00:01:26.820 --> 00:01:30.520
And that is really good feedback for helping your brain figure out how to

23
00:01:30.520 --> 00:01:31.340
shallow it out.

24
00:01:31.340 --> 00:01:35.960
So normally what we'll do is we'll start with it pretty much up here where I've

25
00:01:35.960 --> 00:01:38.120
got this on a hill where this would almost be knee height.

26
00:01:38.860 --> 00:01:43.520
And then my goal is to feel a little bit more of a

27
00:01:44.080 --> 00:01:48.280
rotational swing where I have the club working a feeling,

28
00:01:48.520 --> 00:01:51.120
a phrase that I'll use a swing up the slope. Um,

29
00:01:51.180 --> 00:01:55.320
so I'm basically trying to trace the slope where the club is about the same

30
00:01:55.320 --> 00:01:59.800
height as it goes from before the ball. Uh, you know,

31
00:01:59.810 --> 00:02:01.920
let's say from even with your right foot to the ball,

32
00:02:02.310 --> 00:02:04.480
that would be a very end to out path,

33
00:02:04.580 --> 00:02:06.680
and that would hit it on a slightly ascending blow.

34
00:02:06.980 --> 00:02:11.360
So if I can do that and keep the club face pretty square, I'm gonna get a nice,

35
00:02:11.740 --> 00:02:16.480
um, shallow driver contact. Now if you do have this situation at your range,

36
00:02:16.800 --> 00:02:20.800
I think it's really good and beneficial to actually hit golf balls. Um,

37
00:02:21.020 --> 00:02:25.480
so what we would do is we would start by putting a golf ball where I'm at,

38
00:02:25.480 --> 00:02:27.640
kind of the, the peak or the higher point of the slope.

39
00:02:27.900 --> 00:02:31.160
And then I would go down to where it was a just a slightly slope,

40
00:02:31.500 --> 00:02:35.280
and then I would go down to where it was flat trying to recreate that feel and

41
00:02:35.280 --> 00:02:39.320
kind of going back and forth between the severe ball above my feet where I feel

42
00:02:39.320 --> 00:02:44.200
like I'm swinging a little bit more up the slope or around on the way

43
00:02:44.200 --> 00:02:48.640
through. Um, to then when I'm here on the ground, that's gonna feel,

44
00:02:49.260 --> 00:02:51.600
uh, in order to swing it up the slope,

45
00:02:51.600 --> 00:02:54.760
that's just gonna feel like it's a little bit more into out path.

46
00:02:54.980 --> 00:02:59.880
So if you're really struggling with getting steep by pulling down in the club is

47
00:02:59.880 --> 00:03:04.680
in a very vertical position, swinging a driver with the ball above your feet or,

48
00:03:04.820 --> 00:03:05.140
uh,

49
00:03:05.140 --> 00:03:09.600
on this up slope is a great way to shallow out your swing kind of naturally or

50
00:03:09.630 --> 00:03:11.840
intuitively. Okay. So as a quick demo,

51
00:03:11.950 --> 00:03:15.360
I've got three balls here set up kind of gradually working up the slope.

52
00:03:15.700 --> 00:03:17.880
Not a lot of driving range have this. So, um,

53
00:03:17.880 --> 00:03:21.600
even if you just practice doing the demo or doing the swing in your backyard,

54
00:03:21.980 --> 00:03:26.440
uh, that tends to help. Um, but basically this one here, I've got it at about,

55
00:03:26.820 --> 00:03:30.760
uh, you know, close to just the bottom of my knee. Um,

56
00:03:30.950 --> 00:03:34.360
this one will be more close to the top of my shoe,

57
00:03:34.380 --> 00:03:36.400
so it's probably a good three, four inches above.

58
00:03:36.660 --> 00:03:40.320
And then this would be more of a flat lie. Uh, so the,

59
00:03:40.380 --> 00:03:44.360
the goal here is to swing up the hill, get the ball to launch a little bit,

60
00:03:44.360 --> 00:03:47.080
right, and, uh, feel like the,

61
00:03:47.540 --> 00:03:50.680
or make sure that the club face is close enough that it doesn't slice.

62
00:03:50.760 --> 00:03:55.720
I don't mind the little push, um, but I don't wanna see a big slice.

63
00:03:55.720 --> 00:03:59.960
Usually if you come outside in, you're gonna hit a really low pole, um,

64
00:04:00.060 --> 00:04:04.320
in order to not ground it out. Um, but I want to, if, uh,

65
00:04:04.420 --> 00:04:07.880
if you're brushing and you're looking at the, the path of the club,

66
00:04:08.280 --> 00:04:13.160
I wanna see the path of the club brushing the grass kind of up the

67
00:04:13.200 --> 00:04:17.280
hill. That's a phrase that I use a lot when I give, um, kids or newer golfers.

68
00:04:17.280 --> 00:04:20.400
This task is, uh, swinging up the hill.

69
00:04:20.900 --> 00:04:22.960
So first one here might feel,

70
00:04:23.300 --> 00:04:26.920
you'll naturally see some golfers start to close their shoulders and,

71
00:04:27.060 --> 00:04:28.560
and tilt a little bit more because,

72
00:04:28.880 --> 00:04:33.760
'cause it now starts to make sense if I'm going to swing up the hill

73
00:04:33.760 --> 00:04:36.840
just like that. So that was a little bit more of a push, but, um,

74
00:04:37.160 --> 00:04:39.920
I would count that that was a pretty good, pretty good, uh,

75
00:04:40.220 --> 00:04:44.280
up the hill swing path. So then this one is just slightly there,

76
00:04:44.280 --> 00:04:48.520
but it still makes me feel like I want to swing a little bit more around,

77
00:04:51.050 --> 00:04:54.000
Kinda like that. So that was a pretty good, um,

78
00:04:54.030 --> 00:04:58.400
ball flight for what I'm trying to demonstrate here. And now, uh, lastly,

79
00:04:58.420 --> 00:05:02.400
I'm gonna try to recreate the same feel. Ideally, I'd,

80
00:05:02.460 --> 00:05:03.920
I'd have an alignment stick down, but I,

81
00:05:04.000 --> 00:05:06.680
I forgot to bring one over here to this part of the driving range. Um,

82
00:05:06.740 --> 00:05:11.280
but I'd have an alignment stick down to help kind of visualize what I just felt

83
00:05:11.280 --> 00:05:16.280
there of swinging more into out or more up the, up the hill or up the stick. Um,

84
00:05:16.540 --> 00:05:21.360
so basically trying to exaggerate or recreate that feeling of

85
00:05:21.360 --> 00:05:23.280
going up the hill,

86
00:05:25.490 --> 00:05:29.760
kinda like that little, little toy, little pull. Um,

87
00:05:29.820 --> 00:05:33.600
or not really pull a little overdraw, but, uh, overall you get the picture.

88
00:05:33.660 --> 00:05:34.260
If you're,

89
00:05:34.260 --> 00:05:38.360
if you're getting a little bit choppy and a little steep with your driver, um,

90
00:05:39.010 --> 00:05:39.843
swing on a hill,

91
00:05:39.950 --> 00:05:43.320
that'll be a natural way to figure for you to figure out what a little bit more

92
00:05:43.320 --> 00:05:46.240
shallowness or around is gonna feel like with your driver.

Click here to start your free 3 day trial. No credit card required.