HOW TO HIT UPHILL AND DOWNHILL GOLF SHOTS

Uphill Golf Shot, Uphill Golf Lie

Uphill Lie, Golf Genie Tee to Green Pocket Guide, Page 30

Uphill Golf Shot

The uphill golf shot can be one of trickier golf shots.  However, with the proper setup, the uphill golf shot can be handled quite easily. Here are a couple of quick golf tips to successfully execute the uphill golf shot every time.

When faced with an uphill lie, you should first align your shoulders, hips and knees with the slope.  A key swing thought is to “swing the club with the slope.”

With respect to ball position, on uphill golf shots you should line up where the golf ball is posited closer to the higher foot.  If you are a right handed golfer, the golf ball position should be closer to your left foot.

For uphill golf shots, use a less lofted club.  The uphill golf shot promotes a higher trajectory and shorter distance.  So if you are 140 yards to the hole and would typically use your 8-iron for a 140 yard shot, use a 7 iron for the same distance if the ball lies on an uphill slope.

Throughout the swing, keep most of your weight on the back foot (right foot for a right handed golfer).  If you try to “transfer your weight” like you would for a normal golf swing, you are bound to hit the turf first before you strike the ball with an uphill golf shot.

Finally, ensure that you swing along the slope.

Downhill Lie, Golf Downhill Lie, How to Hit a Downhill Lie

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Downhill Golf Shot

The downhill golf shot can be even trickier than an uphill golf shot. But like the uphill golf shot, the downhill golf shot is much easier if you set up properly.  Here are a couple of quick golf tips to successfully execute the downhill golf shot.

Similar to the uphill golf shot, when faced with a downhill lie, you should first align your shoulders, hips and knees with the slope.  A key swing thought is to “swing the club with the slope.”

With respect to ball position, on downhill golf shots you should again line up where the golf ball is posited closer to the higher foot.  But in this instance, since you are performing a downhill golf shot, your higher foot is your right foot.  So, if you are a right handed golfer, ensure that the golf ball is positioned closer to your right foot.

For downhill golf shots, use a more lofted club.  The downhill golf shot promotes a lower trajectory and more  distance.  So if you are 140 yards to the hole and would typically use your 8-iron for a 140 yard shot, use a 9 iron for the same distance if the ball lies on a downhill slope.

Throughout the swing, keep most of your weight on the front foot (left foot for a right handed golfer).  If you try to “transfer your weight” like you would for a normal golf swing, you are bound to either hit the turf first before the ball or hit the golf ball “thin” with a downhill golf shot.

Finally, ensure that you swing along the slope.

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