Hitting off an Uphill Lie

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Hitting off an Uphill Lie
Category: Bad Lies
Sub-Category: Address/Set-Up, Alignment, Swing Mechanics

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Video Golf Tip | Hitting off an Uphill Lie

One of the things that makes golf such a difficult game are the uneven lies that you encounter on the golf course. The uphill lie is one of the easiest lies to hit but it still requires some adjustments. When you swing at an uphill lie, you have a couple of ways you can play it. The first way is to always tilt your body with the slope, so that whatever angle the hill is at that’s the angle you put you’re body at. I don’t want to be opposing the slope to play this shot, normally, I want to be with the slope, I swing the golf club back down the slope and then up the slope. Now this is going to do a couple of things, the first thing it’s going to do is it’s obviously going to increase the loft of the club, so you have to allow for it. Depending on the severity of the slope, you need to take more club to reach the green. The second thing is, is because I’m swinging the club up this slope it’s very difficult for my body to turn through, now what’s going to happen is my hands will tend to close the clubface because my body isn’t rotating through, and I’m going to tend to pull the ball to the left. So uphill lie shots will go higher, shorter, and tend to go to the left. 1) Set your body with the slope; 2) You can adjust the ball position back just a little bit; 3) Aim to the right; and 4) Swing down the slope and then back up the slope. This is a shot that’s not that hard to play, but you do have to make a couple of adjustments, remember, take enough club, aim a little more to the right, and you’re going to do better off of these uphill lies.

About the Instructor
Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300

Hank Haney is the instructor to PGA Tour Pros Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara. He is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #4 instructor in the world.

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