How to Hit the Downhill Chip Golf Shot

By Katherine Marren

How to Hit the Downhill Chip Golf Shot

How to Hit a Downhill Lie

I want to share with you a couple of techniques of how to hit a ball off a severe downhill lie. This is really one of my absolute favorite shots to teach my students. They tend to struggle with this shot, they ask about it all the time, and I have a couple of techniques that you will find fun to practice. I am going to do the first one as a traditional downhill shot.

  • The things to remember here is that you have to play the ball off your back foot, you also have to get your shoulders going down the slope of the hill, now my weight is on the front foot.
  • From that position I also have to focus on getting the club to swing down the hill.
  • Notice how I am brushing the grass in front of the ball. My club is bottoming out in front of the ball swinging down the hill. The tendency for golfers is maybe to play the ball too much in the middle and as they swing they try to scoop that up a little bit and the ball can not make contact with the face of the club. They will tend to skull this shot and they will pretty much skull it right over the green.
  • So if you play the ball a little further back, get those shoulders down the hill and really focus on getting the clubface or the clubface to swing down the hill this becomes a pretty easy shot to hit.

Stand Down the Hill from the Golf Ball

A variation of this shot is really one of my favorites. What I do is just have my students stand down the hill, I do not have to worry so much about my shoulders, and I reach back for the ball. That automatically sets the club to swing up and down the hill. It eliminates having to remember some of things from the regular shot. All you need is a little swing. It is easy to make solid contact and is another way to get the ball closer to the hole. I think you will enjoy working on both of these techniques for downhill lies.


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