David Woods: How to Tackle Uneven Lies

Here are some keys to hitting these shots well

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Why do we practice golf from a flat lie on a driving range tee box when the lies we have on the golf course are often anything but flat?

This is a great question…with a good answer.

When we practice, we need a neutral environment to work from so that we can develop a consistent set-up and movement without any outside influences affecting our fundamentals.


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Imagine the natural movement of the ball from its lie. The ball flight will react the same way.

However, where does that leave us once we get to the course and we need to make adjustments to our surroundings?

Here a few thoughts about side hill lies and the effect it has on the ball flight and our approach to the shot.

There are some simple and easy-to-remember keys on hitting these shots well.

• A ball above your feet will tend to curve to the left (for a right-handed golfer) producing a draw.

• A ball sitting below your feet will tend to do the opposite and result in a fade or slice to the right.

Add this to your practice regiment. Find a sloped area around the driving range to hit some of these shots once you have finished your regular practice routine.

The amount of curve to these shots will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of the slope, club head speed, swing path and face angle.

VIDEO: Watch the proper procedures when executing these shots and great tips to remember what to do when faced with these undulating lies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=


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