Why You Need This: In this video, you'll learn how to hit from an uphill lie.
It's a lie that can be tricky and frustrating.
It's easy to lean back and hit a moon shot that doesn't go very far.
Today, you'll get some great tips to hit nice, clean shots that land in the center of the green.
The main issue you'll need to address is that as you lean back...
...the loft of your club tilts back as well.
Naturally, you'll hit a shot that's super high compared to hitting from a flat lie.
Another issue is that it's common for golfers to chop down into the hill.
Here's how to hit clean shots from uphill lies...
First, start with your stance.
Since it's an awkward stance, I recommend widening your stance a bit compared to your normal shots.
Also, tilt your shoulders to match the angle of the hill.
You'll likely put a bit more weight on your back foot.
That's fine and natural.
So, now that your body is matching the slope of the hill...
...how do you prevent hitting the ball super high?
Since you're leaning back and adding more loft to your club...
Expect the ball to launch way higher and that you'll get less distance.
I recommend grabbing a longer club and take your normal swing.
Due to the lower loft on your club, your launch will be lower.
If you're far from the green...
Let's say over 200 yards...
Focus on laying up to avoid any bunkers or water that may be surrounding the green.
If you lay up well, you'll still have a good chance to get up and down to save par.
One extra tip (but only if the slope is slightly uphill)...
I find it easier to have the ball slightly up in your stance from your typical ball placement.
Yes, your ball will launch even higher...
But your club will be able to make cleaner contact.
However, keep your ball placement at its normal spot if the hill slope is very severe.
Summary of how to hit from an uphill lie...
- Wider stance with more weight on your back foot
- Match the angle of your shoulders with the slope of the hill
- Hit with a longer club to make up for the loss of distance caused by the high launch due to the hill slope
Also, be prepared to fall back a bit after you hit.
That's normal; just be prepared!
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
Video Duration: 4:33
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All right you guys, so the uphill shot. The one where you’re really tilted away from your target. Very difficult, the ball’s going to shoot off super high.
I’m going to show you how to make those adjustments so you can hit this ball nice and clean, and get it right on the middle of the green or back out into the middle of the fairway. Let’s go ahead and get started.
Al right, so the main thing we’re trying to combat here as we have a shot that’s very tilted away from the target, is number one we can imagine we have our normal amount of loft on this club. Let’s say that this is the normal amount of loft -- that’s me on flat ground.
Well as I start to tilt with this hill, that’s going to add more and more loft to this club. The ball is going to go a lot higher, it’s also going to go a little bit shorter because now I’m lofting it more vertical instead of forward. I’m going to lose a little bit of distance.
So that’s the main thing we’re trying to combat here, and then number two, we’re leaning away from the target. If we make our normal swing we’re almost chopping down into the ground, into the side of the hill, and that can make it difficult to get clean contact.
Number one, the ball’s going to launch higher. Number two, we’re going to be chopping down into the hill, and we need to do some things to combat these.
Let’s start out with our stance. We’ll start from the ground up here. Now since we’re on a little bit of hill, we’re off balance, I always like to take a little bit of a wider stance if I can. We don’t have to get crazy with this, but just get wide enough to where you feel like you can stay in some balance.
I’m also going to be tilting – so if this is my normal position with my shoulders, I’m going to get my shoulders to tilt even more so that I’m more matching this slope or even a little bit more than matching this slope. That’s going to put more weight on my right foot.
So don’t try to fight that, that’s completely normal. A little bit of a wider stance, a little bit more weight on our right side is going to be completely fine. Also since I’m tilting my body and my shoulders to match this slop, I’m going to be swinging a little bit more to match that.
So now that I’m in this position, my club can ride up the hill, where as a lot of times I see people try to fight this hill. They’ll lean to the left to try to balance out their weight.
Now you can imagine that arc is coming down into the hill, and I’m going to be chopping down into it. I have to hit the ball perfect to be able to do that and get away with that kind of a swing.
Now since I’m leaning back, I’m adding more loft, this ball’s going to fly a lot higher which is going to make it go a little bit shorter. What I recommend to do is take at least one more club. If I’m on a really severe slope, I may take two or even three extra clubs to be able to make sure that I get to the green.
Now if we’re too far away, let’s say we’re 200 yards out, maybe we don’t have a club that goes much over 200 yards. Don’t try to kill the ball.
It’s going to be better to get it back out in play, advance it, try to get up and down to save a par than it is going to be to try to whack away at this ball that’s very difficult to hit anyways.
We get into some trouble, especially if we start hitting it high up in the air, it could go into the water, into the trees, and now we’re going to make a double or triple bogey. Take a little bit of your medicine, if you’re close to the green one extra club, maybe two extra clubs, get it on the middle of the green.
Don’t try to go for the pin, because we’re not going to have the control of the ball flight like we normally would because things are so different.
Now lastly here, if it’s not too far of an uphill slope, I’m taking an extra club which will give me a little bit more distance. Because I’m naturally going to be swinging up this hill, I think it’s a little easier if you play the ball slightly forward in your stance.
Now that will get the ball to go a little higher, but I think that’ll also get your swing moving more up. So this is a little bit more of an advanced-type technique.
If you can be sure that you’re going to get to the green playing a little bit more up will get the ball to go higher, but you’re going to be taking an extra club to combat that. You don’t have to do hat one, that’s if we’re really trying to get clean with it, the slope isn’t too severe.
Once it starts to get pretty severe, we want to play it in the normal spot in our stance because it’s just going to go too high for my normal lie.
So wider stance, weight on our back foot. We’re matching the angle of the slope. I have an extra club, and then finally as I finish my swing, realize that my back foot is almost going to do a little rotate, a pivot.
So as I come on through, my toe is going to turn toward the target and then I’m going to have my weight falling back on this right foot, especially on a severe slope, there’s just no way to keep your balance and stay with a normal swing.
I’m going to look something like this, then my weight’s going to fall back. You’ll see players do this all the time on the PGA Tour when they’re hitting some slopes, you just may not have realized that’s what was going on. Let’s put all this together, get it back out in the middle of the fairway.
All right guys, play well. Get off the uphill lies, you’re going to do fine with them once you get some practice with this. Drop over a big bucket of balls, go through these drills. It’s going to be easy.