Do you struggle with playing from downhill lies?
In my opinion, the downhill lie is one of the trickier uneven lies to play from.
Getting good solid contact with the golf ball on a downhill lie means matching your body lines to the slope of the hill.
Here’s how to set up:
First, Match your shoulders, your hips, and your knees to that downslope so that your club can sweep down the hill.
Next, take a couple of practice swings to see where relative to your feet, does the club make contact with the grass. That contact point is likely to be further back than you would have with a normal flat stance. So take your address with the ball back towards your back foot and expect a lower ball flight as a result.
So remember, to make solid contact with the ball when you have got a downhill lie, match your shoulders, hips, and knees to the slope, and take your address with the ball exactly at the point in your stance where your practice swings made contact with the grass.
Kellie Stenzel is a PGA Master Professional and Class A LPGA Teaching Professional. She is a member of the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America, Golf for Women Top 50 Teachers list as well as Golf Digest’s Top Teachers in Florida list and #24 on Golf Digest 50 Greatest Women Teachers.
Originally from Geneva, New York, Kellie’s grandfather was a PGA Professional and her father played briefly on the PGA Tour. After graduating from high school, she attended Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and played four years of Division I Women’s golf. During her senior year at Furman, the team finished second in the nation at the NCAA finals.
After college, Kellie played professionally for five years on several tours around the world including the Futures Tour, The European Tour, Asian Tour, South African Tour and Australian Tour. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and presently runs the Kellie Stenzel Golf Academy at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida.
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