Heavy contact off downslopes
Way off base
This plastic hoop shows the base of the club’s arc. As you lean back to help the ball up, the arc’s low point moves back with you. With the land higher behind the ball, you’ll inevitably catch it heavy.
Off downslopes you must keep the low point of the club’s arc holeside of the ball. That way you can engineer a downward attack angle that allows a clean strike from this lie.
Divot after the ball
Practise swinging with this forwardleaning stance, feeling the sole impact the turf after it would have hit the ball. Bring the same feeling of hitting down the slope into the shot itself.
A new low
For the hoop’s low point to be ahead of the ball it has to move forward. So you do too: your shirt buttons moving ahead of the ball, creating a forward lean in the shaft.
Playing off a downslope is tricky, yet many club golfers are determined to make the worst of it, catching the ground early when there is no need to. It’s often caused by leaning back and trying to scoop the ball up. Instead, trust the loft to send the ball up and work on your ‘low point’.