5 Helpful Golf Tips On How To Tackle A Downhill Lie
Do you find it hard to get the downhill lie ball up in the air? We understand that hitting a ball that’s on a downhill lie can be a challenge, but the stroke itself isn’t too hard. With some useful tips you can easily master the stroke and make the shot look easy.
In case of right-handed golfers while tackling a downhill lie the right side of the body is in an elevated position and the left side is lower. If you play a stroke in this position the ball will fly to the right of the target. Also the trajectory of the shot will be low. Golfers can make adjustments so that this doesn’t happen. Instead of the target, aim slightly left of the target, to compensate the natural ball movement to the right.
- Choose the club
- Adjustment to the stance
- Grip down for better control
- A sharp downswing
- Account for the roll along the grass
There are two views on choosing the right club. One group doesn’t take the downhill lie into consideration while choosing the club. They make the decision based on the distance the ball needs to cover. On the other hand, most experts advise using a club with higher loft to compensate the elevated ball position on a downhill.
Make a few adjustments to your stance. Normally, the gap between the feet is shoulder width apart. But for a downhill lie, it should be wider than the normal width. Stand a couple of inches further back of the ball. Your shoulder will be tilted (i.e.) parallel to the slope. Remain in that position. Aim to hit the ball a little left of the target.
To gain better control over the club, choke down the shaft (i.e.) grip the club shaft, two or three inches lower than the normal position you usually use.
The downswing must be sharp, but not hurried. You can easily execute a smooth swing with good balance if you allow the gravitational pull of the downhill slope to guide the downswing. Don’t use your normal swing speed; employ only 80% of the normal swing speed. Don’t lift the left shoulder from the parallel to the slope position till the follow through is completed.
As mentioned above the ball will not stay longer in the air. So, you should also know where the ball will land and how it would run along the grass. Actually, if there isn’t much obstacle between the downhill lie and the green, it would be best to play a run-up shot.