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Why does an Uphill Lie on the Golf Course lose distance?

Why does an Uphill Lie on the Golf Course lose distance?

Today is August 21st, 2018 and we present Why does an Uphill Lie on the Golf Course lose distance? Trouble Shot Tuesday #102.  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

Why does an Uphill Lie on the Golf Course lose distance?

This week’s blog is answering a question sent in by subscriber Francine Trempe.  Why do I lose distance on an uphill lie on the golf course?  

The answer is quite simple Francine, everyone does!

There are two main reasons why you lose distance on an uphill lie.  First, it is difficult to shift your weight.  If you try and shift your weight to the front foot, your body will rise up and you will tend to top the ball. This is because the front foot is higher than the back foot.  This is one of the few shots in golf where there is no weight shift.  And, because there is no weight shift you are most probably going to get a negative shaft lean at impact, adding loft to the club.  This will make the ball go higher and not as far.

So, take an extra club, maybe two extra clubs, depending on the severity of the slope.  Aim a little more right if you are right-handed or left if you are left-handed. Try and swing as normally as possible finishing the swing with all your weight on your back foot.

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