Junior Golf Tips: Hitting a Downhill Lie

By Ty Andersen

Teach Kids to Hit a Downhill Lie Golf Shot

Whenever I have the chance I always try to take the kids out on the golf course. They are like everybody else, they need to know how to hit all the shots. In this case here when I get them on the golf course I can set up different scenarios for them and actually let them work on those shots. In this case as you can see I have a ball with a severe downhill lie, they need to know how to hit that shot.

Align Shoulders with the Slope on a Downhill Lie

So what I am going to do is I am going to talk them through it. I am going to take that club and put it down behind the ball, I am going to take my stance, but the first thing I want to do is align my shoulders with what? With the slope. In this case here the slope is going down so that my front shoulder should be below my back shoulder. If I keep my shoulders square what is going to happen is I am going to blade the top of the ball and kind of skull it across the green over there. In this case here by getting my shoulders aligned with the slope that is going to let me swing down the slope with the club. You will notice that when I do that it puts the ball back in my stance a little bit and I am going to need to have a little bit more lofted club because this ball is going to come out pretty low, but the key here is to align my shoulders and swing with the slope, in this case down the slope. A pretty solid little golf shot like that. A kid needs to know how to hit these shots. The best place to teach them is out on the golf course.

About the Instructor

Ty Andersen
Ty Andersen
Director, The Ty Andersen Golf Academy
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305
Phone: 239-272-7086
E-mail: TyPgaPro@aol.com

Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.