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The World is NOT Flat! W hen dealing with uphill, downhill, or side hill lies, everything starts with the set up. Here are your main keys: For an uphill lie (Image 1): Make sure your shoulder line is parallel to the slope (Image 2). Adjust your shoulder line while making practice swings until you start sweeping the grass evenly. The common mistake is to set up as if you were on a flat surface (Image 3). This will nor- mally lead to a lot of fat shots where you will naturally stick your club into the slope (Image 4). Make sure you take more club! If it is a normal 8-iron distance, use a 7-iron. The more uphill the lie, the less loft you should use. With an uphill lie, plan for a drawing shot pattern. The steeper the slope and the bigger the swing, the more hook- ing pattern you will experience. For you slicers out there that want to learn how to draw a golf ball, practice on an uphill/ball above your feet side hill lie! For a downhill lie, everything is reversed (Images 5, 6). Take a more lofted club depending on severity of slope and plan on more of a fading or slicing shot pattern. For side hill lies, with the ball above your feet, choke down on your club and plan for a drawing shot pattern. For a ball below your feet, grip at the end of the club and bend your knees to adjust for the level change and plan for a fad- ing shot pattern. So, keep those shoulders parallel to the ground and find that even sweeping area when faced with an uneven lie! See your local PGA golf professional for more help and to play better! RANDY CHANG, PGA Director of Instruction Journey at Pechanga Aloha Academy of Golf at Talega I N S T R U C T I O N 36 SEPT/OCT 2017 1 3 5 4 6 2

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