Playing From Uphill Lies
During this lesson we will be discussing the biomechanical changes that you need to make when Playing from Uphill Lies. So, that by the end of the lesson you will understand the technical requirements of playing the ball when it’s on an uphill lie.
What You Will Learn Uphill Lies
- How to change your set up to hit a shot from an uphill lie
- Stance adjustment
- Weight distribution
- Club adjustment
- Grip adjustment
- Shoulder line adjustment
What You Need
- A media device mobile, tablet, laptop or computer
- Internet connection
- Practice area or driving range
- Golf balls
- Golf club Sand Wedge – 8 iron
Playing from Uphill Lies
The aim of the shot is to progress the ball to the target. To do that you need to take into consideration the ball flight that is a natural result with this type of shot.
Your ball will be on an uphill slope and if you took your normal stance without making any adjustments, you would hit the ground before the ball. This will probably result in a fat shot, with very little distance, bringing the course hazards into play.
Set up Adjustments When Playing the High Shot
So, to get the best results from an uphill lie you need to make some adjustments to your set up. I would recommend that you make the fewest changes to your normal swing as possible required to make this shot.
The set-up changes required to hit a shot from an uphill lie are:
- Your ball to target line is that which goes through the ball and on towards the target
- The foot, target line should be parallel left to ball to target line
- Your knees, hips and shoulders should be parallel to the foot line
- Your shoulder line needs to be tilted in relation to the severity of slope
- Your grip should be changed slightly as you need to grip down on the club’s grip
- Your backswing should be a normal length
- Abbreviate your follow through slightly as this will aid balance at the end of the shot
- You will find it more difficult to move your COG over to the target side leg, due to the uphill slope
- Keep your lower body as stable as possible throughout the swing
- Your swing tempo should be the same as normal
Club Selection When Playing from Uphill Lies
With good contact the topography of the slope will have an effect on your ball flight. The club will need to follow the angle of the slope and therefore will have an increased loft. So, the ball will fly higher than it normally would with any given club. You will need to go up one club to help you make the required distance.
The next lesson in the Advanced Shot Coaching Plan is Playing From Downhill Lies.
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