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Uphill and downhill lies

 
The biggest problem of the uphill shot is proper control of body weight during the swing. Extra weight tends to transfer to the rear foot during the pivot, the amount increasing with the slant of the slope. To prevent overshifting of weight, the swing must be restricted. Otherwise the player will be forced to hit off his rear foot. This will weaken your power and accuracy. The stance should be taken with the ball lined up off the front foot. The stroke should be made with a less lofted club than usual and it must travel up the slope and not into the ground. Non- experts will have better luck if they aim this shot a trifle to the right because there is a natural tendency to pull to the left in this situation.

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 The downhill shot emphasizes weight on the front leg because the body must be firmly supported during the pivot. Any tendency to sway downhill with the swing must be avoided. The swing is made from a more upright position than usual. The player must be sure that both their hands and club head travel parallel to the slope. The two common errors in hitting this shot are 1/ chopping at the ball from a cramped swing, which will top the ball or smother it. 2/ scooping with little wrist action. This reduces power.

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