How to Hit the Ball well from Uneven Lies
I know some of you are laughing under your breath wondering what I
I know some of you are laughing under your breath wondering what Iam doing writing a tip on UNEVEN LIES. What in the world could Ipossible know about uneven lies living in Scottsdale, Arizona?Well, it is the Grand Canyon State for starters, but yes you'reright, we do not face as many uneven lies as someone from NorthCarolina, for example. However, there are plenty of times duringthe course of a round when we are faced with a golf ball that mightbe on a side hill lie.
Before I begin, I am going to first give you the definition of thefour uneven lies in golf.
Uphill Lie - The easiest of the four uneven lies. The ball is levelwith your feet but the slope is up-hill, we refer to this as anuphill lie. Downhill Lie - A ball that is level to your feet but the slope isdown hill, probably the second most difficult shot in golf. Ball Below Feet - The most difficult shot in golf is when the ballis below your feetBall Above Feet - The fourth uneven lie is when the ball is aboveyour feet.
Don't get confused between an uphill lie, and when the ball issimply above your feet. These are 2 different lies, and should beaddressed separately. Also, don't get confused with the downhilllie, and the ball being below your feet. Again, these are 2different lies.
Let's start with the easiest shot in golf, the up-hill lie. If youstruggle with this shot, you probably swing the golf club tovertical into the ground and hit a fat shot. Before you prepare foran uphill lie, you need to think of a few important items first.
1. Make sure you take a less lofted club. When you have an uphilllie, it will make the ball go HIGHER and SHORTER.2. The ball will have a tendency to hook to the left, so aim alittle to the right.3. To avoid hitting the shot fat, check your shoulder alignment andmake sure they are parallel to the ground you are standing on. Ifyou are on an uphill lie, your back shoulder should be a littlelower that your leading shoulder. 4. The ball should be positioned according to what club you areusing, as though you were on a level lie. (A bit forward for longerclubs.)5. You want to make sure you follow through HIGH after impact.
Now we can move on to one of the hardest shots in golf, the downhill lie. If you have a tendency to struggle with this shot, themiss hit is usually a top. Follow the steps below and you will seea huge change in your down hill shots.
1. Because the ball will fly lower, you can take a more lofted clubto help the ball go a little higher.2. The ball will have a tendency to curve to the right, aim a littleto the left.3. If you have your shoulders at address tilted level to the downslope of your lie, this will encourage the club to swing DOWN intothe ball (correct) and not up in the down swing. Thus, you will hitthe bottom of the ball and not the top.4. Play the ball in your stance according to the club you are using(again, a little forward for a longer club).5. You want to make sure you follow through LOW to the ground afterimpact.
Now we are back to an easy shot, the ball above our feet. If youfollow the steps below, you will not hit the ground behind the ballanymore, and the ball above your feet will become your absolutefavorite shot in golf
1. If you struggle with hitting the ball fat in these shots, makesure you are standing taller than your normal stance.2. The ball will have a tendency to fly to the left, aim a littlefarther to the right.3. DO NOT BEND YOUR KNEES4. This is the main point, the golf club wants to swing more AROUNDyour body, let it...DO NOT TRY TO MAKE A NORMAL SWING...let the clubswing around you.
THE HARDEST SHOT IN GOLF. The dreaded, (I can't believe this ishappening to me) BALL BELOW YOUR FEET golf shot. You have come tothe right place, below is the answer.
1. When the ball is below your feet, you will have a tendency to topit to the right, whiff the ball, or shank it.2. The address is the most important part of this shot. Bend yourknees and bend WAY over at address. You ALMOST can not bend TOOmuch.3. The ball will have a tendency to go to the right, aim fartherleft.4. The golf club wants to swing up and down, NOT around. LET IT...Itwill feel like a lob swing, this is correct. IF you make yournormal swing, you will whiff the ball completely.
Now, forget everything you knew about uneven lies and give this atry. I KNOW IT WILL HELP! Get back to us with all of your golfsuccesses.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bobby Eldridge is the head professional at
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Swing". Bobby writes golf instruction material, has given over
70,000 private lessons, and is the Director of "The Simple Golf
Swing Academy" which operates in Chicago and Scottsdale.