How to Play from Uneven Lies
If your golf ball works to the left it is called
I'm Todd Kolb with About.com. We're going to talk about hitting golf shots from uphill, downhill and side hill lies.So when we're hitting a golf shot on an uphill lie, there are a couple things we need to be aware of. First of all, we want to watch our ball position, we want to watch the length of swing and we also want to make sure that our shoulders match the slope. So let's go through those. First thing I'm going to recommend is grab a golf club that you can put a little smoother swing on. Meaning if the yardage would normally call for a 6 iron, let's grab a 5 iron so we can slow the swing down, smooth it out a little bit. The next thing I'm going to do on an uphill lie is I'm going to move the ball back in my stance a little bit so I've got it more in the center of my stance. The most important thing I'm going to do is I'm going to try and match my shoulders to the angle of the slope. So if the angle of the slope is like such, I want my shoulders to be along that same angle. What that's going to allow me to do is swing the golf club along the slope versus into the slope.Now on a downhill shot, a couple things we need to be aware of. First of all, the tendency will be for the ball to come out a little bit lower. It also at times will have a tendency to work a little bit to the right or fade. So in order to hit this shot, a couple things I'm going to recommend. Once again, I'm going to recommend you grab a club that you can swing a little smoother and a little slower. That's always going to be a good idea. Second thing is, I like to have the ball back in the stance again. I like to move it so this is my normal ball position. I'm going to move it back just a little bit. Third and most important is you want to take your shoulders and match them to the slope. So if the slope is like this, downward, I want my shoulders to try to mimic that. So I'm going to maybe even bend my left knee a little bit and try and get my shoulders to match the slope. The objective with that is to try and swing the golf club along the slope line as much as possible, that will help negate some of the angle that you're working with.So when I'm in a position where the ball is above my feet, I want to be aware of a couple things. First thing, since the ball's above my feet, I'm going to take a club that I can actually once again put a nice smooth swing on. Most importantly, though, I'm going to choke up on the club or move my hands down on the golf club and shorten it up a little bit so that it matches more of where the ball is now in terms of the slope. When it comes to the golf swing, I want to feel like my golf swing is a little more around my body. Notice how I'm swinging the club a little bit more around my body that will help match the slope. The thing you need to really watch out for when the ball's above your feet is the ball will have a tendency to go out and work to the left or what we call a draw shot.So when I'm hitting a golf shot where the ball's below my feet I want to be aware of a couple things. First of all, get a golf club that I can put a nice smooth swing on. I'm going to widen my stance out. Okay and I'm going to feel like my golf swing works a little bit more up and down on this particular motion. Most importantly though, be aware of the direction the ball's going to fly. When the ball's below your feet, it's going to want to start and work a little bit to the right.
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