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Golf Tip

The four most common situations are ball above the feet, ball below the feet, uphill lie and down hill lie.

When the ball is above the feet:
• take more club which means the club has less loft
• establish more upright posture
• weight would favor balls of feet
• grip down on club
When the ball is above the feet the loft of the club at address is “looking” further to the left. Thus a properly executed shot will see the ball curve to the left.

Ball below the feet:
• take more club which again means it has less loft
• establish a target line
• tilt farther forward pushing hips back past heels
• weight should favor heels
When the ball is below the feet, the flight of the ball should be naturally straight, this is because the loft of the club will be looking down the target line. At impact it is imperative to maintain the original spine angle to achieve this.

When dealing with an uphill lie:
• position ball slightly forward in stance with weight favoring lower foot
• tilt body to match the slope
• swing along the slope
• use less-lofted club for lower trajectory
The tendency for an uphill lie is that the trajectory of the ball will fly higher than normal

Finally, the downhill lie:
• position ball back in stance with weight favoring lower foot
• tilt body to match the slope
• swing along the slope
• use more lofted club for higher trajectory
For the downhill shot, the tendency is that the trajectory of the ball will fly lower than normal.

Todd Sinclair is the Director of Instruction at First Coast Golf Academy. Sinclair gives lessons at both The Orchards at Egg Harbor and Meadow Ridge Lodge at Cherry Hills in Sturgeon Bay. He can be reached at 904-338-7107 or at firstcoastgolfacademy.com.