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Short Game - Shots from Different Lies - Uphill, Downhill, Side-hill


Here's some useful advice to help you counteract the odd difficult lie you can get around the green:

The greater the loft the easier to hit the ball left, i.e. to pull or hook it.  That’s why you rarely see a sliced chip or pitch shot.

Uphill

  • Set your shoulders as parallel to the slope as is possible to help the arc of the swing work in harmony with the slope.
  • Weight will tend to favour the rear/back foot
  • Swing with rhythm and balance
  • Will be a limited leg action and weight transfer
  • The ball will fly higher, travel less distance, stop quicker and might go to the left (aim a little right at address to compensate).
     

How to play an Uphill golf shot

Downhill

  • Set your shoulders as parallel to the slope as is possible to help the arc of the swing work in harmony with the slope.
  • Weight will tend to favour the front/forward foot
  • Maintain rhythm and balance
  • Will be a limited leg action and weight transfer
  • The ball will fly lower, run more, stop quicker and might go to the right (aim a little left at address to compensate).
     

How to play an downhill golf shot

Side hill - ball above feet

  • Set posture more upright so that the spine is more vertical.
  • Grip down the club for more control and to help limit the tendency for the swing plane (angle) to flatten somewhat (too far behind the body).
  • Limit lower body and weight transfer.
  • Keep upper torso rotating back through impact to limit tendency to roll club face closed.
  • The ball will fly lower, run more, stop quicker and go to the left (aim a little right at address to compensate).

How to play an side-hill ball below feet golf shot

Side hill - ball below feet

  • Setup with your posture more over the ball - allow your spine to feel more tilted forward.
  • Hold the club in the normal position or if a little more control is required a little lower down.
  • The swing plane will tend to be more upright due to the slope and your posture - allow this to happen naturally so that the swing arc helps the club head contact the ball correctly.
  • Limit the leg action and weight transfer.
  • Rhythm and balance are important with this shot.
  • The ball will tend to fly upward but may lack forward penetration - therefore use a less lofted club.
  • The ball tends to go to the right (aim a little left at address to compensate).
     

How to play an side-hill ball above feet golf shot
 

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