Picking the right shot
While every golfer loves a big drive or a crisp iron shot, the best way to get your score down is to improve your game around the green.
If you can face any shot from around the green confident you can get up and down, it will make a big difference to your score.
Part of that is knowing the right shot to play.
One instance is if you find yourself on an uphill gradient around the green.
The key thing here is club selection and distance control. While it’s tempting to take a lofted club, this would be a mistake as the hill actually increases the loft on your club.
if you use something like a sand wedge or 58 degree wedge, you will scoop the ball up in the air and have it stop very quickly.
Instead, grab an eight or nine iron from the bag and let the slope help you rather than hinder you.
Position the ball forward in a wide stance and make sure your shoulders and hips are parallel with the slope.
If you try and stand upright, you run the risk of digging the club in and either hitting the ground first or turning the club over and the ball flying over the green.
Swing with the slope and land the ball about halfway towards the flag, letting it roll out and remember to take into account the contour of the green.
Straight face Hit the slope rather than chopping into it. Use a straighter faced club as the slope will increase the loft of the club
In position Align your hips and shoulders with the slope