As a weekender, trying to improve your golf game, how often is your golf ball setting on a nice flat, perfect lie? Me too. At almost golf driving ranges, players are hitting from perfect lies making the golf course the only place for most of us to hit from uneven lies. I as I’m writing these golf tips on the ubiquitous uneven lie, I have started a search for a training aid for practicing even lies that doesn’t cost $2500.00. As soon as I find it I will share it here to help my fellow high handicappers.
The Ball above Feet
When the ball is above your feet, two things usually happen the ball tends to travel more right to left and players often time have a tendency to hit the shot heavy.
The player should adjust the aim a little right of the target, keeping in mind the severity of the slope, the steeper the slop the greater the compensation. Take caution not to aim too far to the right with can increase the trajectory of the shot causing a hook too much.
Gripping a little down on the club will help, making the club shorter, will help avoid the dreaded fat shot.
The Ball below the Feet
Playing a shot with the ball below your feet tends to have the opposite effect on the ball flight and swing path, as you may have guessed. The ball will travel in a fade, left to right, with the ground farther away from the usual swing path these shots are likely to be struck thin.
Adjust the aim a to the left of the target, again, keeping in mind the amount of the slope, not over compensating and with a little luck you will put just the right amount of side spin and lay a nice fade right on the putting surface, blowing your buddy’s mind.
Balance is a key factor in making solid contact and avoiding the nasty bladed iron that runs through the green 30 yards. Bending a little more at the knees will move the swing plane closer to the ball and it will also help keep balanced through the swing.
The Ball on a Downhill Lie
Many players tend to hit shot from downhill lies thin, making contact up higher on the ball trying to avoid the of the ground being higher in behind the ball. When the stance is “straight up” the swing plane is directed through the ball resulting in a very thin shot with very little loft and uncontrolled distance or a stroke that contacts the grass first causing an uncontrolled flyer.
The stance should be perpendicular to the ground, the angle of the body matching the slope. This “matching angle” restores the swing plane allowing the club head to go through the ball without digging into the grass before making contact.
if you’re on a downhill lie play the ball back toward the middle of your stance.
On for lies with greater amount of slope the ball will come out on a lower trajectory, and will mostly likely travel farther, this may require using less club, as much as two clubs depending on the conditions.
The Ball on an Uphill Lie
Match the angle of the ground with your shoulders, and make sure that your stance is perpendicular to the ground.
From uphill lies, many players tend to hit this shot heavy because the ground is higher in front of the ball. When the stance is “straight up” the swing plane is directed through the ball and into the turf resulting in a very heavy or a big fat shot with very little distance and loft.
Play the ball off your left big toe from an uphill lie.
The uphill lie will give the shot a higher trajectory requiring more club to compensate for the loss of distance. Furthermore, right-handed players have the tendency to hit shot on uphill left as their upper body moves faster than their lower body.
Uneven Lies are a Fact
Regardless of a golfer’s skill level the uneven lie will happen, whether in rough or on the fairway, being ready for these lies will lower you score. Each type of uneven lie has numerous variables so keep your note pad handy and document how your swing affects each one, then you will enjoy the greatest game even more.