Coach’s Corner: May 2019
I am often asked about how to play from uneven lies on the course. Though there is more that goes into it than what I am going to write about, I am positive that this tip on how the lie impacts starting direction will help you aim.
If you look at the first picture, this is the club when it is flat on the ground. You can see by the white stick that the ball would start straight. Due to the loft of the club, when the ball is above your feet (middle picture), the ball will want to start to the left, and when the ball is below your feet (right picture), the ball will want to start to the right. Again, this is due to the loft of the club, AND the severity of the slope. The more loft that the club has, the more that an uneven lie will influence the starting line of the ball.
So, when you are faced with a lie that is above or below your feet, make sure that to take an extra second and account for the loft of the club you are using and aim appropriately.
I hope that this tip helps you with your alignment on uneven lies and will help you hit more greens!
The Coaches Corner is brought to you by our Oaks Course Golf Pro, Brad Patton. Brad is the Lead Staff Instructor and PGA Assistant Golf Professional. He has real a passion for golf and instruction, and has been part of the Oaks Course team for several years.