you always mess up downhill lies
downhill tee shots are sweet, but when average golfers face a downhill lie to the green, things get ugly fast. Usually, they don’t make any adjustments, which pretty much guarantees a clunky strike. And if they do anything different, they lean back – into the hill – because it feels more stable. Try to resist that urge. Leaning back tips your shoulders upward (above) and promotes hitting behind the ball. Whatever you’re doing at address, the downslope is making you feel awkward so you end up making an awkward swing.
this one is easy to fix because the changes you need to make are in the setup. For this to play like a level lie, fit your body to the downslope. Feel like you set your shoulders parallel with the slope – you won’t actually go that far, but that’s the feel you want (above). Position the ball back a little in your stance, and aim more to the left because it’s harder to square the face at impact from a downhill lie. Then just swing down the slope. As with all these shots, solid contact is the key. Swing in control, and you’ll hit more greens.