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Golfing Green: Pro Tip of the Month

Simple Steps Solve Uneven Lies

Even the most perfectly struck drive can end up in an uneven lie in the fairway, forcing you to hit a shot with the ball above your feet or below your feet. Uneven lies bring a special set of challenges for golfers, but with a few simple steps, you can level the playing field and advance your ball toward the "dance floor."

Brian Meyer, PGA golf professional at Mount Pleasant Golf Course offers these suggestions for dealing with uneven lies.

With the ball above your feet, it is important to stand a bit closer to the ball when you address it and choke up on the club a little bit. For right-handers, when the ball is above your feet, shots will tend to head left more than normal. The higher above your feet the ball is, the more it will go left. Be sure to compensate appropriately and aim a bit more to the right when choosing a target.

When the ball is below your feet, it will tend to leak to the right more than normal. Stand a bit further away from the ball and widen your stance. Again, make sure you favor the left side of the green or target area when aiming the shot.

On extreme side hill lies, you'll also probably want to take one more club than you think you need. This allows you to make up the distance lost by choking up on the club or adjusting your stance, freeing you up to take a more relaxed swing, which is critical.

It is important to stay in balance on shots from uneven lies. Focus on making a normal speed swing with a nice smooth tempo. Remain in balance throughout the swing and follow through. 

Issue 150: June 2010