SET UP A HIGH LAUNCH
this one’s a classic. You see the fairway rising in front of you and think you have to help the ball up. So what do you do? You play the ball way forward in your stance or hang back and flip your hands upward at impact. These moves are not reliable and often lead to topped drives or hitting the ground behind the ball – the dreaded drop-kick.
It’s true, you want to create more carry on uphill shots, but you have to do it the right way. Take your normal address (above, left), then move your back foot 10 or 12 centimetres to your right, widening your stance (above, right). This will angle your upper body a little more away from the target. You’ll make a good turn and be able to shift forward coming down and still be behind the ball so you can hit up on it slightly. That upswing hit creates a high launch. Remember, the tee box of an uphill hole is as level as any other; no need to adjust your swing. Just set up behind the ball a touch, and you’ll get more carry.