How to Hit From Uneven Lies

By Steve Silverman

Under the best of circumstances, golf is a difficult game. If you are hitting the ball well off the tee and your shots land in the lushest part of the fairway, you are in good position to hit the ball consistently. But even when you have the perfect lie, it's not so simple. You can still send the ball into a bunker or a water hazard. Then there's the course itself. The terrain will force you to hit the ball when it's below your feet, above your feet, on a downhill slope and uphill as well.


Difficulty: Challenging
Step 1
Use a less-lofted club than normal when playing an uphill lie. Choke down on the club so you can make a good swing at the ball without hitting the ground first. Uphill shots have a tendency to hook to the left for the right-handed golfer, so aim to the right.
Step 2
Use a club with more loft when hitting a ball on a downhill lie. The ball will tend to slice off to the right, so compensate for this by aiming to the left. Concentrate on the bottom of the ball as you swing. The most common mishit with a downhill lie is to top the ball; you can avoid this by focusing on the bottom of the ball.
Step 3
Keep your knees straight when the ball is above your feet. This seems like natural advice under the conditions, but many golfers instinctively bend their knees. You also must take more of a rounded swing in this situation. Slow it down and hit the ball squarely.
Step 4
Bend your knees in an exaggerated fashion when the ball is below your feet. The ball will tend to go to the right with this type of shot, so make sure you aim to the left. Hit the ball with an up-and-down type swing and do not come around the ball.
Step 5
Slow down your swing when you have an awkward lie that you are unfamiliar with. You are not going to be able to hit any of these shots if you speed up your swing. Take it slow and steady and let the club head do the work.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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