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Minnesota Golf Golf Tips
"Uneven Lies"
Brian Erickson - Pro Legacy Courses at Cragun's Brian Erickson Head Golf Professional
Legacy Courses at Cragun's
The first golf course that I worked at was located in the mountains of Colorado. There were many times during a round of golf that you would be faced with an uneven lie. I hope the following suggestions will give you the knowledge of how to adjust the setup position and swing for the various lies and reduce the anxiety of playing on a hilly golf course.

Side hill lies have the ball either above or below your feet when you take your stance. The natural ball flight from side hill lies tends to curve in the downward direction of the slope. Adjust your aim based on the degree of slope. When the ball is positioned below your feet place more weight on your heels to maintain your balance. When the ball is above your feet place more weight on your toes and choke down on the grip because the ball is closer to your hands.

When you are faced with an uphill or downhill lie the first adjustment is to align your shoulders so that they are parallel to the slope and this will allow you to swing along the contour of the slope. When you are swinging on a downhill lie your weight will have a tendency to slide forward on your swing because of the downhill slope moving your body in front of the ball leaving the clubface open and the ball going right of target for right handed players. The downhill lie will also decrease loft to the club so you should adjust by selecting a club with more loft. When you are faced with an uphill lie your weight tends to stay on your back foot on your swing because of the slope and then causes you to pull the ball to the left for right handed players. Adjust your aim based on the degree of slope. The uphill lie will also add loft to the club so you should adjust by selecting a club with less loft.

The next time you are faced with an uneven lie you will have the knowledge to adjust to the situation.

 













 

 

 
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