Part 1 of 4-Part Uneven
by Gregory Fields, PGA
Senior Teaching Professional
Kapalua Golf Academy
"It's all in the set-up...almost."
Remember the set-up is key for any uneven lie. Your stance will feel differently
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 these challenging
Remember these points for an Uphill Lie
- Play the ball slightly back in stance.
- Take a less lofted club (i.e. 6 or a 7 instead of an 8 iron),
for the slope will naturally raise the trajectory (loft) of the shot.
- Slightly grip down on the club to shorten the lever and
gain more control.
- Align shoulders to the slope of the hill.
- Draw the left foot back to level the hips. This will promote
rotation and enhance balance throughout the motion.
- Make a conscience effort to transfer the weight to the left
side through impact to compensate for the slope and gravity.
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