Most golfers find it easier to strike the ball cleanly from an uphill lie compared to a downhill lie. In fact, a lot of golfers that normally struggle getting the ball into the air actually prefer a slightly uphill lie. This type of slope will affect the flight of the ball, generally sending it higher with less distance. There’s also a risk of hitting the shot fat if you don’t adjust your set up.
Here’s some tips to help you put a clean strike on the ball when faced with an uphill lie:
- First off, align your shoulders with the slope. Try to keep your spine angle at right angles with the ground. For right-handed golfers, the left shoulder will be higher than the right shoulder.
- Place the ball slightly forward in your stance and put a bit more body weight on the back foot. This will help you to sweep through the ball, preventing a heavy turf-before-ball contact.
- On a severe up-slope it can be difficult to transfer your weight to your front side through impact, so make some practice swings before hand. Feel your bodyweight transfer but also feel that the club chases the ball up the slope.
- A golf ball on an uphill lie will fly much higher and a lot less distance than normal. The slope has the effect of increasing the loft on the club so a 6-iron will fly more like an 7 or 8-iron. Keep this in mind and take an extra club or two than you normally would for the distance.
- Aim a little to the right at setup since the uphill lie will cause the ball to go to the left. Your hands and arms release upward through impact and this causes the club face to rotate closed.
Keep it simple and you’ll have no problem making clean contact and hitting your target on an uphill lie.