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Tip no. 19 - Playing from Awkward Lies
with Pachesham Golf Academy

Even if you can stay out of the thick stuff, there will be times in a round when your ball is not on a perfectly flat lie, either above or below your feet, up- or downhill. Stay calm. With a few small adjustments, you can turn these 'awkward' lies into simple shots.

Please note: all lessons refer to right-handed golfers

• Uneven lies tend to fill amateurs with dread and can easily lead to a poor strike and be the ruin of many a card.
• With uphill and downhill lies, the key is to get your spine perpendicular to the slope. This gives the feeling that you are playing from a flat lie and you can make as normal a swing as possible.
With sidehill lies:
• When the ball is above your feet, grip down the club so you can assume a posture as normal as possible.
• If the ball is below your feet, widen your stance and flex your knees a little more helping you to get the club down to the ball.


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