On an Up Slope

On an Up Slope

You may notice that the changes here are the similar to the ones we make for a ball played from a downslope. It is often helpful to think of these shots as related.

Essentially, the challenge here is to create power and control from a restricted base that has all your weight on the lower foot. This is where you will feel the benefit of hitting lots of shots with our one-foot drill. LINK TO VIDEO.

In addition, we are tasked with aligning the bottom fo our swing with the slope. These means making the set up changes outlined in the video and having a clear intention to swing up with the contour of the slope.

The set-up needs to be adjusted so as to align the bottom of your arc to the slope. If in doubt then remember this phrase for both up and down slope shots:

Adjust your shoulders so they are parallel with the hill and then..."move the 'weight towards the lower foot and the ball towards the higher foot."

Since our balance is compromised, I would swing the club less far in the back swing and reduce the effort level to a point where I can make a repeatable, balanced movement.

Maximum Club Choice: Since this slope adds loft to the club we are not restricted to how much club to take. It is, therefore, quite possible to hit a fairway wood from this stance and get the required flight. Do bear in mind though that our balance and control are significantly challenged so the strike and accuracy may be a concern. If the slope is steep then just aim to get the ball back in play.

Movement Psychology

As with all the sloping lies, I aim to stay very centred and make the swing predominantly with my hands and arms. Try and remember that you are essential, standing on one foot.