5 Quick Golf Tips On How To Tackle An Uneven Lie
In a perfect world we would always have a perfect lie, no rough or sand or trees to skew our clean contact strokes. But the perfect world isn’t the ideal one. There won’t be any thrill in golf left without the challenges and hazards. Challenges such as uneven lie add buzz to the game. When you face a situation where the ball is on an uneven lie, you need to adjust your game. Here are 5 tips to help you tackle an uneven lie.
The downhill lie is perhaps the most difficult one to tackle, as it’s tough to maintain balance and get the ball off the ground. To successfully beat this challenge, pick a club with higher loft. If you usually choose 8-iron for a given distance, then go one higher to negate the effect of downhill slope on the ball.
Try to position your shoulder parallel to the slope. Naturally, this will shift the body weight, with the left leg taking more weight than the right one. Here, balance is important, so firmly root both legs to the ground. With a downhill lie, it’s generally difficult to get behind the ball. Because of this, any shot you attempt will cause the ball to drift off target, in most cases to the right. So, try to hit the ball slightly to the left of the target.
When faced with an uphill lie, opt for an iron with lower loft. Furthermore, when your shoulders are parallel to the slope, your right leg will hold more weight than the left. Let the weight shift happen, and to maintain balance firmly fix your legs to the ground.
In this case, play the ball forward in your stance. Normally, a hit from an uphill lie will put the ball high and short. To gain distance and hit the right target, add more speed and power to the stroke. When hitting from an uneven lie, in this case uphill, the clubface tends to close causing the ball to go left. To correct, aim to the right of the target.
When the ball is below your feet
A considerable change in posture is warranted in this case. Squat a little; bend your knees and lean back to retain your balance. For this lie, you’ve positioned the body away from the ball. To gain a clean contact grip the club right at the top, and bring the full length of the club into play.
Because of the awkward posture required to tackle this lie, you won’t be able to invest the whole body into the swing, it’s just going to be your arms and hands. The swing you execute in this position will be up and down, with less rotation of the club. Hence, hit the ball slightly to the left.
When the ball is above your feet
You have to stand tall and lean slightly towards the hill (i.e.) shift the body weight to your toes, to maintain balance while attempting a swing. With a normal posture, you’ll lose balance and fall back. In this position, the ball is a lot closer to you, so grip the club lower – an inch or two down the club. Now, take a swing, a round and shallow swing. Since, the ball is closer and above your foot position, the shot causes the ball to fly left, make a small adjustment – aim to the right of the target.
Since the ball is stuck in the sand or surface, a swing with a full follow through is of little use. Do the following to tackle a plugged lie: Keep the club face square, assume a stance where the ball is at the center of your stance, attempt a strictly upright swing, and dig the ball on impact. This will force the ball out and the result will be a low loft with no or very little spin.