Mike Kin­loch

Main­tain a set-up per­pen­dic­u­lar to the slope and don’t un­der club

Golf Digest Middle East - - Contents - Mike Kin­loch is Head Academy Pro­fes­sional at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit dubaigolf.com

Es­cape un­even lies with a sim­ple set-up tweak.

Think about play­ing from an even lie when­ever you find your­self on an un­even one. The key to es­cap­ing an up or down­hill lie, be it in the fair­way or the rough, is get­ting the right con­tact and ball flight.

To achieve this, sim­ply ad­just your bal­ance so that your spine is per­pen­dic­u­lar to the ground, the same as it would be if you were you play­ing from a flat lie. This makes swing­ing the club with the slope much sim­pler.

In this up­hill po­si­tion, I have placed more of my weight on my lower foot which sets my spine per­pen­dic­u­lar to the slope. The amount of weight you place on the lower foot varies de­pen­dent on the sever­ity of the in­cline. The more se­vere the slope, the more bal­ance is re­quired on the lower foot. I also tend to move the ball slightly to­wards the higher foot, the sub­tle change in po­si­tion en­cour­ag­ing the feel­ing of swing­ing up the hill. This rule of bal­ance on the lower foot, ball po­si­tion to higher foot ap­plies also to down­hill lies.

Re­mem­ber that the tra­jec­tory of the ball can be greatly af­fected by slop­ing lies. When you are set up cor­rectly and make a good strike on an up­hill lie, ex­pect the ball to take off on a higher tra­jec­tory. The flight of a 7 iron can turn in to that of an 8 or even 9 iron so you may need to take more club in these cir­cum­stances. Like­wise, a shot struck from a down­hill lie will take off on a lower than nor­mal tra­jec­tory, so con­sider more loft to get the ball up.

“The tra­jec­tory of the ball can be greatly af­fected by slop­ing lies.”

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