hit the slopes
▶ Find a spot where you can attempt iron shots from an uphill lie (right). The slope shouldn’t be too severe, but you want to feel like gravity is pulling you away from the target a little when you address the ball. If you can hit it solid and high from here, you’ve got the proper feeling for a high-ball swing from a flat lie. The slope forces you to shift your weight forward and shallow your downswing. If you leave weight on your back foot, because of gravity or the notion that this will help you hit it higher, you might lose your balance, whiff or skull the ball into the next county. And if you swing down too steeply, the club will crash into the turf. It’s just physics. Instead, do like Col says and “follow the earth with your clubhead.” Shift your weight towards the target, swing up the slope, and you’ll hit it high and far. The hill acts like a launching pad if you do it right.