Article by Todd Casabella of Mike Bender Golf Academy
For most golfers nearly every full swing
from a perfectly flat lie from fairway type conditions.
However, when on the golf course, you rarely find yourself
having a similar perfect lie. It's a common issue for
golfers as very few practice facilities provide a place to
learn how to adjust for uneven lies. At our Academy, we have
an uneven lie station that provides our players the ability
to practice virtually any shot. But, if you don't have this
at your practice facility, here's a good alternative.
Most practice tee boxes are at least slightly elevated so
you should be able to hit balls off the sides of the tee to
practice with the ball below or above your feet and from the
front and back of the tee box for uphill and downhill lies.
Get creative! Pick out targets on the left and right side of
the landing area in order to create different lie angles.
Commit yourself to a minimum of 10 different uneven shots
each practice session. Pick a different target and create a
zone for each shot. (For more information on zones, see "Get
in the Zone" in the archives.) The goal is 7 out of 10 balls
landing in the zone.
By practicing these shots from awkward and uneven ground
you will be much better prepared to attack the golf course
knowing you can consistently control the ball from whatever
lie you face.
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