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TEE-TIME TIPS: Playing from a slope
6:00am Saturday 23rd March 2013 in Sport
THIS week we will look at how to play a ball that is resting on a slope or hill.
Most amateur golfers will approach this shot without making any adjustments so I will now run through some simple pointers for you to try next time you play.
Remember as a general rule the ball will travel in the direction that the slope is descending.
- Ball Above Feet (for a right handed golfer - fig 1): The ball will want to fly to the left in the air so it is important to make some adjustments to enhance the ball to your intended target.
1. Grip down the club so your hands are just above the metal shaft.
2. Aim 10 yards further to the right of the target.
3. Stand with less flex in the knees with your weight distribution more into the balls of your feet to improve balance throughout the swing.
4. There should be less turn in the backswing so feel like you hinge the club a little earlier to steepen the plane of swing.
5. Hit down on the ball as normal but manufacture your follow through by trying to keep the club face square through the ball. If the club face turns over too much the ball flight will turn into a hook to the left.
6. The finish position will be restricted because balance is an issue, try to hold the club out in front of you with your weight more to the front and over your left foot, this will give you control in the swing. If you find yourself falling backwards then the chances of striking the ball well and keeping the ball straight will be far more difficult to do.
- Ball Below Feet (for a right handed golfer - fig 2): The ball will want to travel to right in the air.
1. It is important to create a solid, well balanced set up. Firstly widen your stance and increase the flex in your legs.
2. Your weight should be favouring the heels in your feet, this will stop you from moving forwards throughout the swing.
3. Aim 10 yards to the left of your intended target.
4. The ball will feel further away from you when you address it so hold the club towards the top of the grip.
5. Make a rounded turn then attack down into the ball to generate a good strike.
6. Release the hands fully to square the club face because the body will become restricted as you try to turn through the ball.
Try to put these tips into practise next time you play and I am sure you will have much more success from these scenarios.