Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 351 - Wed. May 27th, 2015
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Uneven Lies
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- Tom's Bonus Tip: Shaft Flex
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: Uneven Lies

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Q: Hi Tom,

I like this topic (ball going right). I'm experiencing a similar situation of the "righties" but it's more often due to the lie of the ball: above or below my feet or stance position is either uphill/downhill. In my case, ball above my feet or uphill stance is most difficult.


Peace, Warren S.

Steve T.

A: Thanks for the question Warren.

I'll give you a list of rules to follow for uneven lie situations, but the first thing to remember as far as starting direction of a shot goes is that it starts out (90% of the time) in the direction that the clubface is pointing. So for uneven lies, just figure that the ball will start out where the clubface is pointing at impact.

I pretty much know your swing, so I'm surprised that uphill or side hill with the ball above your feet is the most difficult. In your case, I'm pretty much positive that it's a ball position problem. You need to play it a shade more forward in your stance, and don't quit at the hit, stay down and through. You'll probably need to keep tweaking the ball position until you nail it, but you'll get it eventually.

Make sure to get good target orientation in your brain during your pre-shot routine, and to allow for curvature as described below.

Also, don't get confused between an uphill lie, and when the ball is simply above your feet. These are two different lies, and should be addressed separately. Likewise, don't get confused with the downhill lie, and the ball being below your feet. Again, these are two different lies.

Let's start with the easiest uneven lie shot in golf, the up-hill lie. Most players that struggle with this shot usually swing the golf club to steeply into the ground and hit a fat shot. Before you prepare for an uphill lie, you need to think of a few important items first.
  1. Make sure you take a less lofted club. When you have an uphill lie, it will make the ball go HIGHER and SHORTER.

  2. The ball will have a tendency to hook to the left, so aim a little to the right.

  3. To avoid hitting the shot fat, check your shoulder alignment and make sure they are parallel to the ground you are standing on. If you are on an uphill lie, your back shoulder should be a little lower that your leading shoulder.

  4. The ball should be positioned according to what club you are using, as though you were on a level lie. (A bit forward for longer clubs.)

  5. You want to make sure you follow through HIGH after impact, and that your weight has shifted onto your forward side so that you don't lean backwards in your follow through.
Next,one of the hardest shots in golf, the down hill lie. If you have a tendency to struggle with this shot, the miss hit is usually a top. Follow the steps below and you will see a huge change in your down hill shots.
  1. Because the ball will fly lower, you can take a more lofted club to help the ball go a little higher.

  2. The ball will have a tendency to curve to the right, aim a little to the left.

  3. Have your shoulders at address tilted level to the down slope of your lie, this will encourage the club to swing DOWN into the ball (correct) and not up in the down swing. Then you should hit the bottom of the ball and not the top.

  4. Play the ball in your stance according to the club you are using (again, a little forward for a longer club).

  5. Make sure you follow through LOW to the ground after impact, and that your weight has shifted onto your forward side, but not so much that you fall forward.
Hope this helps, let me know!

All the best,



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Tom's Bonus Tip: Shaft Flex

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

I believe that a lot of self taught players are playing with the wrong flex shaft for one reason or another.

Many players think that because they have a swing speed over 100 mph that they should be swinging a stiff or an extra stiff flex shaft.

But, as the saying among clubfitters goes "It's not how fast you swing it, it's how you swing it fast".

Players with a very fast but smooth swing may be better off with a softer flex shaft.

Players with a heavy lag but not exceptionally fast swing speed may still be better off with a more stiff shaft flex.

The way to find out for sure is to try different shafts and compare carry distance and spin rate. If you don't have access to a simulator, you should still be able to determine the best flex by trying different flexes on the range and paying close attention to the results.

Here's what getting the right flex can do for your game.

Jeff M. recently came in and got fitted for his driver, and we determined that he needed a stiffer flex shaft. He's a strong individual and loads the shaft heavy during transition. He has fast but not exceptionally fast swing speed. He had been playing a stiff shaft in his driver, and had been shooting in the eighties and nineties prior to the fitting.

I supplied him with specs, and he ended up getting a driver with an x stiff shaft.

Here's a copy of what he said in an email to me last week:


Very pleased, Wednesday and Thursday played Twin Hills shot 78/77. The 77 was with, I hate to say a 4 putt and an OB. So thanks again. (Editors note - of course I replied and busted his chops about the four putt)


So if you are fitting yourself solely on the basis of swing speed, swing some clubs with different shaft flexes and see if they make a difference in your ball flight.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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