Jeff Mitchell: Hi, this is Jeff Mitchell with a golf standard.
Today we're working on a sand shot, and this one happens to be on a very severe downhill slope.
I have a good lie, but the ball is well below my feet.
For me to be successful in this shot, I'm going to make some adjustments in my setup and hopefully I won't have to make many adjustments in my swing.
To start out, I want to make sure that I set up with this slop in mind.
In a flat lie, I'm going to set up here, spine angle's going to be very normal, but in this situation, I'm going to have to get my hips back a little bit, shoulders forward a little bit, little bit more angle with the spine so that I can stay in balance.
The second thing that's going to happen here is, out of normal circumstances, the lie angle is even with the ground, but with the ball below your feet, the toe is going to be down and what happens with the toe down is the ball comes off to the right.
The second adjustment I'm going to make is, I have an alignment rod over here to the left of my target, is I'm going to line up a little farther left than normal and allow the ball to come off a little right.
The last thing to consider is, if you're going to go at the flag right here, you need to have pretty good elevation with the shot.
There's not very much green to work with so use the club that has the most loft in your bag.
If you don't like that shot still, you can always take the easy way out, so to speak, play this ball to a fatter part of the green, use this slope on the left hand side and maybe just get the golf ball on the green.
Give yourself a putt for a par and go on to the next hole.
Anyway, as I set up, I'm going to make sure that I'm in really good balance, a little bit more bend at the knee, a little bit more bend at the waist, ball position's still going to be the same.
I'm going to line up considerably left of my target and then I'm going to try to treat this as normal as possible, take the same amount of sand as I normally would, and just take a nice solid swing.
You can see that ball came out a little bit right of my line, landed on the green stop nicely.
Stay in balance, change your setup, try not to change your swing any more than you have to.
Until next time.