The rolling hills of Central Virginia can be challenging to golfers, as they do not allow for many flat lies. Over the next several weeks, I will emphasize the importance of set-up and club selection in approaching uneven lies to help golfers develop confidence with these often intimidating shots.
“It’s all in the set-up…almost.” Remember the set-up is key for any uneven lie. Your stance will feel different than with a flat lie, therefore you MUST adjust your set-up. By adjusting, you will have a better chance to hit the green and make that birdie. A smooth swing with a “gentle transition” from the top will take the fear out of making these challenging shots. Remember these points for an Uphill Lie:
1. Play the ball slightly forward in stance.
2. Take a less lofted club (i.e. 6 or a 7 instead of an 8 iron), because the slope will naturally raise the trajectory (loft) of the shot.
3. Slightly grip down on the club to shorten the club and gain more control.
4. Align shoulders to the slope of the hill.
5. Draw the front foot back and slightly open the front foot to level the hips. This stance will promote rotation and enhance balance throughout the motion.
6. Make a conscious effort to transfer the weight to the front foot through impact to compensate for the slope and gravity.
I encourage golfers to find a place to practice hitting from different lies so you can get comfortable with the set-up. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at Kandi Comer Golf located in Charlottesville, Virginia or email at email@example.com