One thing to always keep in mind is that “the golf ball’s flight will match the slope hit from“. When playing golf you must know how to adjust your initial target when it comes to uneven lies on a golf course. There are side hill lies, uphill lies and downhill lies. The ball flight changes with the slope of the ground you are hitting from.
This means that when the ground which your ball is lying on slopes to the left and the ball is above your feet (for a right handed player), the shot will most likely draw or hook to the left. On the other hand, when the ground which your ball is lying on slopes to the right and the ball is below your feet (again, for a right handed player), the shot will most likely fade or slice to the right. In either instance, you will need to adjust where you aim your shot in order to allow for the change in ball flight.
In addition, when the ball is above your feet, you should make the club shorter by gripping down lower on the grip so that you do not contact the ground too far behind the ball and produce what is called a “fat” shot. A fat shot decreases the club head speed before contact which results in a shot that has decreased distance. Just remember that the distance you hit the ball will also be shortened when you grip down lower on the club.
On the other hand, when the ball is below your feet, you should address the ball with more bend in your knees and maintain the bend in your knees all of the way through your swing. This is done so that you do not end up hitting the ball too “thin”. A thin shot doesn’t allow the ball to get up in the air enough because the ball was struck too low on the face of the club.
With an uphill or downhill slope, just remember again that “the ball’s flight will match the slope hit from“. So, when your ball is lying on an uphill slope, the shot will fly higher. In this instance, you should use a longer club (i.e. use a 4 iron rather than a 5 iron) when you are hitting from an uphill lie in order to correct for the higher ball flight. The only exception to this rule is if the target you are hitting to is at a lower elevation than where you are hitting from.
On the other hand, when your ball is lying on a downhill slope, the shot will fly lower and in most cases go farther because the golf ball’s flight will match the slope. In this instance, you should use a shorter club (i.e. use a 7 iron rather than a 6 iron) when you are hitting off of a downhill slope in order to correct for the lower ball flight. The only exception to this rule is if the target you are hitting to is at a higher elevation than where you are hitting from.
Now that you know how the golf ball’s flight will match the slope hit from, the next step is to practice and become familiar with these effects. Because every golfers’ swing varies in some way, these different lies may affect your own results to a unique degree. Remember that only perfect practice makes perfect results eventually. Try to find a good practice facility where you can practice these adjustments. Don’t hit extra practice shots while you are playing unless your partners don’t mind and there aren’t any players waiting to hit behind you.
Just remember, Golf is a game that is meant to be enjoyed. In fact, GOLF spelled backwords is F-L-O-G and , I believe, FLOG is an acronym for “For Love Of God”… How can you love God and be angry or upset at the game of GOLF? (ha, ha…)
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