CARL MASON: how to deal with the ball above your feet
The record-breaking senior tour player on how to deal with awkward lies...
Grip down to compensate
The first thing to remember is that you are now nearer the ball so grip down the club by at least an inch. Because the ball is above your feet the swing plane will flatten so you are liable to pull it. Therefore we want to be aiming right of the target.
Don't lean back
During the swing my big thing is to keep my weight toward my toes. Most players will tend to lean back and lose all the angles so feel the weight in your toes to help with the strike and your balance.
Carl plays on the European Senior Tour and has won a record 25 times including three Order of Merit titles. On the European Tour he was Rookie of the Year in 1974. His best Major finish was T-4 with Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 Open.