Side hill lies are defined either by the ball above your feet or the ball below the feet. Both shots are performed exactly the opposite.
First, you will need to adjust your set-up to “off-set” the slope in order make good contact.
Note: When swinging from a side hill lie, the ball will tend to travel in the direction of the slope. Therefore adjust your aim accordingly. I have placed an alignment stick to my club face for aiming.
When the ball is above the feet, follow these simple steps:
- Choke down on the grip.
- Narrow your stance and stand more upright.
- Adjust your aim slightly to the right (for a right-handed player and left for a left-handed player) to off-set the ball from going in the direction of the slope.
- Favor your weight to the slope while swinging to avoid falling backwards.
When your ball is below your feet follow these simple steps:
- Grip toward the end of your club handle.
- Widen your stance to get lower to the ball.
- Adjust your aim slightly to the left (for a right-handed player and right for a left-handed player).
- Favor your weight on your heels while swinging to prevent falling forward down the slope.
The key to both side hill lies is to favor your weight into the slope to maintain balance while you swing.
For best results, practice these side hill lies before heading to the course. You will be glad you did.
For further assistance with uneven lies and how to improve your game, contact Tami Bealert, PGA Director of Instruction.