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Side Hill Lies

When playing the ball below your feet you have to change several aspects of your set up to execute the shot. The first is alignment (1), aim slightly left of your target as the downhill lie will promote left to right ball flight for right-handers or the opposite for lefties or slight fade. The second change is the posture, you must accentuate your knee bend (2) as the ball is below your feet and if you don’t  you will hit the ball thin or top it.  You will also want to reduce your back swing to keep the club on line and reduce the chance of lifting during the swing. If you reduce the swing, take an extra club to maintain the distance you need. The other aspect to change is to have the weight slightly towards the front (3).

When playing the ball above your feet you have to change the following aspects of your set up. The first is alignment (1), aim slightly right of your target as the uphill lie will promote right to left ball flight for right-handers or the opposite for lefties or slight draw. The second change is the posture,
you must stand more upright (2) as the ball is above your feet, if you don’t you might hit it thick. You will also want to reduce your back swing to keep the club on line and reduce the chance of lifting during the swing.
If you reduce the swing, take an extra club to maintain the distance you need. The other aspect to change is to have the weight balance on your feet (front and back evenly) (3) You want to choke down on the grip to reduce the distance between your hands and the ball.