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How To Hit A Golf Shot From A Downhill Lie

The downhill lie is one that most amateur golfers struggle with.

It’s easy to hit the ball thin or fat and the down slope de-lofts the club flying the ball lower and often further than normal.

See below for tips on how to play the downhill lie on the golf course:

  • The downhill lie is probably the most difficult sloping lie for amateur golfers. There’s a tendency to hit the ball thin or fat.
  • Firstly, align your shoulders with the slope. Try to keep your spine angle at right angles with the ground by tilting your spine towards the ball.

  • Place the ball slightly back of center in your stance and place a bit more body weight on the front foot. This will help you to strike down on the ball, preventing a thin contact.
  • Really feel as though you are chasing the ball down the slope through impact.
  • A golf ball on a downhill lie won’t fly as high. The slope has the effect of de-lofting the club so a 7-iron will fly more like a 6-iron. Keep this in mind and perhaps take a more lofted club than you normally would for the distance. The ball won’t spin as much on the green either.

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