Shots off Uneven Lies and Control Ball FLight

Are you one of those golfers that has established a fairly decent golf swing and fundamentals, but struggle when it comes to more advanced shots like uphill and downhill shots or shots over and under trees? If so, here are a few advanced golf tips (for right-handed golfers) for those shots that can sometimes blow an otherwise solid round.

Advanced Golf Tips: Uphill and Downhill Lies

The trick with uphill and downhill lie shots is to align your body with the slope and swing along the slope throughout the shot. Here are a few advanced golf tips for uphill and downhill lies. inil02_unevenlies

For uphill lies, position body so that the ball is positioned forward from center (closer to the “higher” foot) and align shoulders, hips and knees with the slope. Use less lofted club (for example, 7-iron instead of 8-iron) as an uphill lie promotes higher trajectory and shorter distance. Keep most weight on back foot. Swing along slope while ensuring good balance.

For downhill lies, position body so that the ball is positioned back from center (closer to the “higher” foot) and align shoulders, hips and knees with the slope. Use more lofted club (for example, pitching wedge instead of 9-iron) as a downhill lie promotes lower trajectory and more distance. Keep most weight on front foot. Swing along slope while ensuring good balance.

Advanced Golf Tips: Over and Under Trees

Here are a few advanced golf tips for hitting the ball over and under trees.

For advanced golf shots over a tree, choose a longer club (i.e., 6-iron for 7-iron shot), play ball farther ahead in stance, and assume a slightly open stance. Open the clubface slightly and take a normal swing. You will be amazed at the increase in trajectory with this shot!

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For advanced golf shots under a tree (such as a tree branch), use lower lofted club (i.e., 5-iron for 6-iron shot) and play ball further back in stance. Place more weight on the front foot and slightly close the club face. Take a 3⁄4 backswing and keep left arm straight and hands in front of clubface in downswing. This will promote a shot with a lower trajectory.

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