lies - Ball below feet
by Gregory Fields, PGA
Senior Teaching Professional
Kapalua Golf Academy
"It's all about the set up ... almost"
How successfully you play this shot is based on set up and
balance. On any uneven lie gravity is trying to throw you off balance. Because
of this precarious feeling I recommend you select one more club than you would
use off a flat lie. This will allow you to swing in balance and the longer club
will discourage hitting the ball thin.
The set up.
Try placing the ball slightly more forward than a typical shot. Grip at the end
of the handle to make the club as long as possible. Since this shot usually flies
to the right, aim more to the left. Sit back into the hill with the weight favoring
the middle of the feet to slightly on the heels.
Always take a practice swing on an uneven lie to determine your balance and where
the club is making contact with the ground. Retain constant knee flex throughout
the shot to maintain control and balance. Some players will hit this shot to the
left due to swinging too hard and flipping their hands through impact. Take one
more club and swing smooth.