Improve Your Golf Game: Uneven Lies

November 1, 2016, 9:06 AM HST · Updated November 1, 9:24 AM
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This article is the second in a new series of golf tips written by David Gerken, the PGA head golf professional at Kahili Golf Course.

Gerken has three tips for all uneven lies:

1. Always take a wider stance for balance and stability
2. Always apply pressure into the slope. Match shoulders with the slope
3. Always swing in control, usually 85%

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    Uphill Lie: Shots from an uphill lie tend to go higher and shorter, and travel to the left. Make sure to aim right of your target and take and extra club or two. Swing with the slope.

    Downhill Lie: Shots from a downhill lie tend to go lower and to the right. Make sure to aim slightly to the left and swing with the slope.

    Ball Above Your Feet: The angle of the slope makes the club longer so be sure to grip down on the handle. Take your stance first, then grip the club. Depending on the severity of the slope will determine how much to grip down. The more slope there is, the lower you need to grip down on the club.

    Ball Below Your Feet: With the ball below your feet, the shot will tend to fly to the right and have less roll. Add a club and aim a little to the left. Maintain knee flex and posture for good contact.

    Uphill Lie

    Uphill Lie: Shots from an uphill lie tend to go higher and shorter, and travel to the left. Make sure to aim right of your target and take and extra club or two. Swing with the slope.

    downhill-lie

    Downhill Lie: Shots from a downhill lie tend to go lower and to the right. Make sure to aim slightly to the left and swing with the slope.

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    Ball Above Your Feet: The angle of the slope makes the club longer so be sure to grip down on the handle. Take your stance first, then grip the club. Depending on the severity of the slope will determine how much to grip down. The more slope there is, the lower you need to grip down on the club.

    ball-below

    Ball Below Your Feet: With the ball below your feet, the shot will tend to fly to the right and have less roll. Add a club and aim a little to the left. Maintain knee flex and posture for good contact.

    David Gerken
    David is the Head Golf Professional at Kahili Golf Course in Waikapu, Maui. He has a strong passion for the game of golf and is determined to make learning the game simple and fun. David was previously the Head Coach for the St. Anthony High School Golf Team and has worked with golfers of all skill levels. Whether you are a weekend warrior looking to fix your slice or an elite golfer looking to fine tune your game for the PGA Tour, David can help you improve. Contact: [email protected]

    * The opinion of this writer do not necessarily represent the opinions of MauiNow.com

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