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The game of golf would be a great deal easier if every shot we had to play was from a perfectly flat lie!

Unfortunately this is not the case and we will often find ourselves on a sloping piece of ground.
When in these situations it is important to understand what changes need to be made to our set-up, and the effect the slope will have on the flight and distance of the ball.
 
In this article I am going to explain the best way to approach the uphill and downhill slopes so that you can enjoy better shots from these situations.
 
Uphill
 

 
This picture shows an incorrect set-up position.

The player has straightened their right leg in an effort to counter- balance the fact that they are standing on a slope.

This will cause the shoulders to point towards the slope. From this position the club will tend to dig into the ground too much as it hits the ball, restricting the players follow-through.
 
 

 
This correct position shows how the player has made sure that their shoulders remain parallel to the ground allowing the club to follow the angle of the slope.
 
 
Downhill

 
In this photo the player has straightened their left leg; again in an effort to counter-balance themselves on the slope. From this position they will often make the mistake of hitting the ground before they hit the ball-known as a ‘fat’ shot.
 
Here we can see a much better set-up for a downward slope. By carefully making sure the shoulders are parallel with the ground the player has given themselves the best chance of a clean contact with the ball.
 
How the Ball Flight is Affected by The Slope
 
Uphill
 

 
When the ball is hit from an up-slope it will fly higher than normal and therefore not travel as far.
A less lofted club should be selected by the player to allow for this effect.
 
 
Downhill


From a downhill slope the ball will fly lower and further than expected so a club with greater loft can be used in this situation.
 
 
I hope these tips will help you get greater success next time you find yourself on a slope.
 
Good Golfing!

Peter Parks PGA