4 Tips to Hit Downhill Lies Every Time

4 Tips to Hit Downhill Lies Every Time

I have a downhill lie here. There are four things for you to consider to help your success rate with these shots which can be tremendous.

4 Tips to Help You Hit on Downhill Lies

  1. First of all, because the slope is now at an angle, you need to make sure that your spine matches the slope of the ground. When we are on level ground our spine is level to the ground, so now when the ground is sloped we need to make sure that we match our spine in that same position.
  2. Number two, because we are in a new position here, our low point of the swing is going to be a little different. What you want to do is after you take your posture, I am getting my spine here to match the ground, make a few rehearsal swings and see where the club bottoms out. That is your new low point; make sure that you play the ball there because it will guarantee you a good ball-club contact.
  3. Number three, use more loft because the slope of the hill being downward, when the club is presented to the ball at impact it is taking some loft off. The ball is getting launched at a much lower level and go a little bit farther. So on a severe downslope a long iron or fairway wood will not work because you will end up topping the ball trying to get it up in the air.
  4. The last thing is that because you are on a down slope gravity is pushing you more forward, so the tendency is for you to get a little bit ahead of the golf ball and for the golf ball to go to the right. So make an allowance on your aim by fudging a little bit more to the left; that will help put the ball a little more on the target area.

Correct Set-Up for Downhill Lies

Let’s take a look at it from set up. I have my shoulders parallel to the slope, I have my low point established over here and I am playing the ball at that low point, I aim a little bit to the left of my target and give it a swing. That came out pretty nice. Follow these four principals and these shots will be a piece of cake for you.

Category: Bad Lies
Sub-Category: Posture, Ball Position, Club Selection
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Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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