Heavy con­tact off downslopes

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - INSTRUCTION -

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.

Forward think­ing

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’.

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