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Golf Question How Should My Body Position Differ When I Play A Golf Chip From A Side Hill LieMany people struggle with side hill lies when chipping because they are unsure about how to set up differently. The key with a side hill slope is to match the body and the club to the slope and allow the natural angles help the shot not hinder it.




The first thing to consider is how the slope is likely to affect the direction of the ball. Because of the way the club face tilts when the lie angle changes, shots where the ball lies above the feet will generally start off further left and lies where the ball is below the feet the ball will usually go further right.
After this has been taken into consideration, golfers need to adapt the body.

Here is how you should approach a chip shot off a side hill lie:

  • Hold the club slightly further down the grip for more control if the ball is above the feet or further up if the ball is below the feet.
  • The club face should be square to the ball-to-target line and the shoulders parallel to this line on a flat lie. Aim further right if the ball is above the feet or further left if the ball is below the feet.
  • The feet and hips should be slightly open to the aim line whilst the shoulders stay square.
  • One of the biggest adaptions to be made is with the spine. If the ball is above the feet, the spine angle will be more upright. If the ball is below the feet, the golfer will have to tilt over more.
  • With most lies, the ball should be positioned just back of center in the stance with 60% of body weight on the front foot. The hands should also be opposite the front thigh.
  • After taking the correct set up, the swing is mostly controlled with the shoulders rocking back and through. As the shoulders rock back, the arms, wrists and hands stay connected with each other. This means the arms move back under control of the shoulders, the wrists move back under control of the arms and the hands rock back and through.
  • When hitting these shots, the golfer needs to maintain their balance and spine angle.

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Although golfers need to maintain their spine angle, actively leaning the spine into a slope would cause inconsistent striking. Match the spine to the slope.

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Placing weight on the back foot could cause a scooping motion through impact, especially on shots where the ball is below the feet.

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Stepping away from the ball will cause problems with the cleanness of the strike. Allow a normal amount of room from the ball.