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What you need to know about uneven lies

THE FIRST THING WE NEED TO DO IS TURN UNEVEN LIES INTO EVEN LIES

In almost every round of golf we all face this situation … an uneven lie. The ball gets above or below our feet, or we have an uphill or downhill lie.

The key to these shots is to FIRST make the lie… EVEN!

When the ball is above or below the feet it not only changes the player’s posture, but we need to make adjustments to the clubshaft angle as well. When the
ball is uphill or downhill, again, we first need to adjust our posture to the hill by aligning our body to the slope.

The next adjustment is to position the ball closer to the higher foot. With downhill lies we need to adjust our body to the slope and play the ball towards your highest foot. When the ball is below your feet the sole of the club will not sit even but more towards the toe of the club. So the first thing that you need to do is move your hands towards you so it level out the bottom of the club so it sits even. So when the ball is above the feet we need to raise the angle of the club so the bottom of the club sits even or level.

So if the ball is above or below your feet you are simply going to move the handle of the club up or down depending on the slope until you get the sole of the club level to the ground. When the ball is above your feet you will swing more around and when the ball is below your feet you will swing more upright. Your swing shape will change not that you have to change it. The higher the ball is above your feet you will be standing more upright therefore the shoulders will turn flatter causing you to swing more around the body.

The more the ball is below the feet you will be tilted more forward from the hips causing the shoulders to turn on a much steeper path allowing the club to swing more upright.

John Furze (PGA, GSED)