Golfers learn to swing on level ground and practice from flat lies, too. But uneven lies are the norm once we reach the course, presenting a specific set of challenges.
When the level of your feet and the ball change, so do your swing’s plane and path. Therefore, adjustments are called for. For instance, playing uphill -- with your left (or lead) foot higher than your right -- requires that you:
- Take one more club (i.e. 7-iron instead of 8); the ball will carry higher and slightly shorter than normal.
- Aim slightly right of the target as the ball will tend to fly left.
- Address the ball with your shoulder and knees level with the slope. In other words, don’t lean into the hill.
- Maintain this tilt throughout the swing.
- Dial back to about 80-percent effort to ensure good balance.
As you’d expect, shots from downhill lies react in the opposite manner, flying low and right of the target.