How to Approach Hitting Golf Balls on a Downhill

By Brent Franklin

How to Approach Hitting Golf Balls on a Downhill

Hit Clubs with Enough Loft on Downhill Lies 

Hi, I am Brent Franklin with the McGetrick Golf Academy here in Denver, Colorado. What I want to talk to you about is downhill lies. A big problem I see when people try to hit these shots is that they try to hit clubs without enough loft. They have to realize that as the ball is sitting on a down slope it is going to go naturally a lot lower. You have to add a little bit more loft to the club or more loft than you think you need to get the ball up off the hill first and foremost.

Move the Ball Back in Your Golf Stance

The second thing is ball position. You don't want to play the ball in the same position, forward or middle, because if you do the ball is actually further away from you there than where it would be in the middle. It is harder to get the club down after the ball and actually make good contact. You want to make sure you move the ball back a little tiny bit in your stance first and foremost so that the club can actually hit the ball. Make a few practice swing, find out where the club makes contact with the grass based on your weight position and that will give you are real good idea where to play the ball.

Stay Balanced with Correct Foot Positioning

The last thing that is really important is if you are standing up here normally, and I am on a pretty good slope here, if I had my foot turned out like this normally, if I move into the ball at all I am going to roll over and blow my ankle up. I want to turn my left foot out a little more so that I can create a more solid position using my whole foot as leverage as opposed to just my ankle. When I hit this shot I have my left foot flared out a little bit so that it can actually take the force of my body working into the shot. Once again, get stable on the hill so that you don't move around too much. Make a couple of practice swings so that you find out and determine where the club is hitting the grass, and turn that foot out so that you can develop a resistance for the force of the blow your body is going to take. You don't want to hurt your ankle. So, left foot out, weight left.

Master the Downhill Lie for Better Golf Scores

Make sure you use lots of loft to get the ball in the air, it will go a lot lower. Remember that tip the next time you are on a downhill lie.

Category: Practice
Sub-Category: Ball Position, Bad Lies

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