In this month’s Golf Digest Magazine, Jason Day gives some of his favorite golf tips to hit greens in regulation. One of the tips is how to hit an uphill lie. He practices by placing his front foot on a step to simulate an uphill lie, just like we do in Cardiogolf.
It is hard to practice uphill lies on the driving range because there aren’t any sloped lies, so the best way to practice is in the gym using a step to simulate the slope.
For the uphill lie, place your front foot on the step and angle your shoulders and hips the same as the slope. You will feel like you have more weight on your back leg. As you swing back, keep the flex in your back knee. At the top of your swing, you will feel the weight on the inside of your back foot. Where people go wrong is that they straighten their back leg, shifting their weight towards the target, the opposite of what you want to do.
On the downswing, follow the slope letting the clubhead swing up the slope not into it. Even though you won’t be able to follow-through completely, make sure you swing the club shaft so that it touches your shoulder on follow-through for a complete swing.
Do what Jason Day’s coach Col Swotten says, “follow the earth with your clubhead”.
PHOTO CREDIT-Golf Digest Magazine