Uphill, downhill lie golf shot

Think about your lie.  Up, Down or Flat?

One common mistake many players make is they ignore the slope of the grass they are standing on and are frustrated at the behavior of the ball when they strike it. They expect the ball to do something other then what it will. Don’t be surprised on uphill or downhill shots.

On uphill shots, you can expect the ball to fly high and even draw to the left a bit.  Make sure you aim accordingly.  If you have a small slice expect the uphill lie to add a bit of correction.

For longer clubs, make the following correction.  Play the ball more forward in your stance than you normally would.  You will feel like you are leaning back a bit and that’s ok.  Then sweep the ball and expect it to have a high trajectory (and go left a bit).

For shorter clubs, play the ball more forward in your stance AND lean into the slope.  Plan on keeping your weight on your left foot through the whole swing. Instead of a sweep, punch the ball and don’t expect it to draw left.  It should go the direction you aim.

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Not all golf course are Flat.

And boy, can that be a pain!!  OK, here’s the quickie how to handle:

Uphill Lies:  My favorites.  I feel like the ball is on the tee!! Keep your shoulders balanced. They will tend to ‘weigh’ more on the right leg.  Play the ball forward, toward your big toe.  Take one club more than you normally would play.  If you would hit a six, play a five instead.  Swing normal, and watch that ball GO!

Downhill Lies:  Not my favorites.  But I am getting better.  Again, keep your shoulders balanced, even though the weight is geared towards your left foot.  Play the ball BACK in your stance.  A little back of middle should do the trick.  Take one club less than normal.  If you would hit a seven iron, play an eight.  You are trying to hit down into the ball, so take a full, high swing.  Then shout FORE!

For these lies, swing at about 75% of your speed.  This maintains your balance..

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