Hitting the ball off an uneven lie has always been one of the most difficult shots to learn. The reason it is difficult is because you need to change the angle of your shoulders to match the angle of the ground you are hitting from.
There are four types of uneven lies. Uphill, downhill, and two sidehill lies.
The easiest of the 4 shots is the uphill lie. Let’s start here.
Most people usually swing the club to vertical and hit the shot fat. To keep this from happening, follow these steps:
- When you have an uphill lie, the ball flight will be higher and thus the ball will not go as far. Use a less lofted club to compensate.
- The ball will naturally hook slightly to the left. Aim a little to the right of your target.
- Your shoulder alignment should be parallel to the ground. Your back shoulder should be lower than your front. Swinging on the same plain as the ground will help you avoid hitting the shot fat.
- Make sure your follow-through finishes high. A high follow-through will help complete the swing.
The downhill lie is one of the more difficult shots.
Most people have a tendency to struggle with this shot, and usually top the ball. To help fix this problem, follow these steps:
- The ball will naturally fly lower. Take a more lofted club to help the ball go higher.
- The ball will have a tendency to move to the right; aim slightly to the left of your target.
- Make sure your shoulders are tilted down the slope, parallel with the ground. This will help the club swing down to the ball. If you swing flat, you will top the ball.
- Play the ball slightly behind the center of your stance.
- Follow through low to the ground after impact.
The sidehill lie (ball above your feet) is one of the easier shots, however some people have a tendency to hit the ball fat. To help fix this problem, follow these steps:
- Make sure you are standing a little more upright than you are used to.
- The ball will naturally tend to fly to the left. Aim a little to the right of your target line.
- Since you are standing more upright, the club will want to swing around you more. That is exactly what you want.
Now for the last and most difficult shot – the sidehill lie (ball below your feet). Most people will top the ball and push it to the right. Some people will outright miss the ball. Here is how you fix this shot.
- Make sure your knees are bent a little more to compensate for the difference in ground elevation.
- The ball will naturally tend to fly to the right. Aim a little to the left of your target line.
- Since your knees are flexed more, the club will want to swing upright. That is exactly what you want. If you swing the club normally you will miss the ball.
Hopefully with these tips you will go out and enjoy your next round of golf, no matter what type of lie you are