When playing a round of golf you may encounter some uneven lies due to dramatic changes in elevation.
If you understand the adjustments needed to counteract these lies and odd stances, you can turn them into playable shots.
Here are some tips to save you strokes when confronted with these uneven lies.
Uphill lies are the easiest of the uneven lies to hit. The most important thing to remember is to take enough club. The slope of the hill will add loft to the shot.
Keep the right shoulder slightly lower than the left at address and play the ball forward in your stance. There is a tendency to draw the ball on this shot so aim a little right of your target.
Downhill lies can be one of the most difficult shots. The ball flight is lower and tends to be right of the target. Keep your shoulders level to the angle on the hill. This will lower your left shoulder on the downhill lie.
Play the ball back in your stance. The steeper the lie, the farther back in your stance you want to play it.
If the ball is below your feet on a side hill it will tend to fade off to the right. Maintain your posture throughout the swing by flexing at the knees and tilting more from the hips.
Keep your weight on the balls of your feet. This will help you avoid topping the ball and hitting low slices.
If ball is above your feet on a side hill lie the shot calls for a flatter or baseball type swing. Shorten the club by moving your hands down the shaft. Play the ball farther back in your stance, which will counteract the tendency to hit this shot fat.
Align yourself right of your target since the flatter swing plane causes a club face to close, resulting in a hook or a pulled shot.
Remember, not all of bad lies on the golf course are going to be about your score, so practice these shots to help you execute them during a round and aid you in enjoying your day on the course.
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