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10. Awkward lies

Balance is key! Feel as though the swing will be 3/4 length and power to ensure your balanced is maintained throughout the swing. Take a longer club to accommodate for shorter swing. The following points are aimed at beginner and moderate ability golfers, highly skilled golfers may try to fight against the natural tenancies of a sloping lie but this adds to the difficulty.

10.1. Down hill slope

Down hill slope

Down hill slope

All the following points are less or more exaggerated depending on the severity of the slope. Align your spine perpendicular to the slope and shoulders parallel to the slope, weight on your low foot, ball positioned towards your high foot to help you to swing down the slope.

3/4 swing length and power to help aid balance, choose your club accordingly.

The loft will decrease due to the slope so take a more lofted club. I try and step forward after hitting because of the extra weight on your low foot and to help follow through, ball flight will be left to right.

10.2. Up hill slope

Up hill slope

Up hill slope

All the following points are less or more exaggerated depending on the severity of the slope. Align your spine perpendicular to the slope and shoulders parallel to the slope, weight on your low foot, ball positioned towards your high foot to help you to swing up the slope.

3/4 swing length and power to help aid balance, choose your club accordingly.

The loft will increase due to the slope so take a less lofted club. There will be very little weight transfer due to your weight balance so expect a right to left ball flight and the possible feeling of extra hands roll through impact.

10.3. Ball above your feet

Ball above feet

Ball above feet

All the following points are less or more exaggerated depending on the severity of the slope. Hold the club down the grip to allow for the ball been closer to you on the slope. Ball position should always be in the centre of your stance regardless of club selection. The weight will be more on your heels due to the slope. 3/4 swing length and power to help aid balance, choose your club accordingly. The swing feeling will be more around yourself and will produce a right to left ball flight.

10.4. Ball below your feet

Ball below feet

Ball below feet

All the following points are less or more exaggerated depending on the severity of the slope. Hold the club at full length. Ball position normal for the club in use. Flex your knees more to get down to the ball rather than tilt over more, it’s the better of 2 evils as there is more turn restriction but easier to maintain balance which is so important with an awkward lie. The swing will feel more upright and restricted and ball flight will be left to right.