Tips for Hitting From a Downhill Lie

When hitting from a downhill lie, you’ll need to make some simple adjustments.

  • The ball is going to come out lower than it usually will, and your swing arc is going to bottom out sooner according to the line of your stance.
  • Set your shoulders with the slope of the hill. This may be difficult depending on the severity of the slope, but setting the angle of your shoulders even to the ground will help you achieve a level swing.
  • Because the ball is going to come out lower, meaning that you’re going to lose some loft, you may need to use a club with a shorter length.
  • Play the ball slightly farther back in your stance. You’re going to make contact with the ground sooner due to the slope of the hill.
  • Always  take a practice swing, noting where your club head makes contact with the ground.  If the slope is severe, cut to a ¾ finish so you don’t tumble down the slope.
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