How to take advantage of this greenside lie.
f all the uneven lies you get around the greens, the upslope is by far the easiest. The hill provides built-in loft, so all you have to focus on is catching the ball solidly. Do that, and you’ll hit a nice, high shot
Othat lands softly.
The problem is, a lot of golfers feel the need to lean into the slope on uneven lies, and that turns this into a much harder shot. Leaning forward makes your swing steeper, so you have to drop the clubhead perfectly onto the ball. If you don’t get this just right, you’ll tend to catch the ball fat – and hit it nowhere.
Take advantage of the slope by setting your shoulders level with the incline. That makes it play like a normal pitch. Because the hill adds height to the shot, take a club with less loft, like a 9-iron instead of a sand wedge, and play the ball a little forward of centre. Then just swing up the slope. You’ll pop it into the air and have a chance to save par.
THE KEY MOVE
Position your shoulders level with the incline, then swing up the slope.