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Video Tip from Coastal Golf Academy: Handling Downhill Lies

In this video segment, Scott Tanguay from the Coastal Golf Academy shows you how to deal with the pesky downhill lies.



Scott Tanguay:

Hey, Guys, Scott Tanguay here at the Coastal Golf Academy at Whispering Pines Golf Course, right across the street from Myrtle Beach International Airport. We're out here on the fourth hole at Whispering Pines. We hit a good drive, but we’ve got a little bit of a downhill slope here in the fairway. You're going to run into this a lot. There are not always going to be flat lies like you hve on the driving range. So what you need to do is probably the simplest way to think of it: put your body, maybe more of your shoulder line, adjusted with the slope. We don't want to fight it.

So for downhill lies like this, we need to put our body that way as well. We’re going to actually get a little bit left, maybe the weight's a little bit more on the left leg, and we're going to get our shoulder angle a little bit more that way. We almost want to, it's like you're tricking the ball into thinking it's a flat lie. Because if I stand normal, it'd be pretty easy to chunk or blade this because the ground is fighting me. Now when it's below you, you have to account for it coming out a little bit lower. If we're going down a slope, there's going to be less loft on the golf club. So if there's water short or something, make sure you can grab an extra club maybe, because it's going to come out a little lower.

So we're here, I’ve got my target, my thing I'm going to aim at. Now when maybe normally I'd be here, kind of 50/50, we're going to really stack up maybe 60/40 and get a little bit acting like we're on the slope. Try and get that weight a little bit more on the left and you'll do much better!