At one point or another, we’ve all been perplexed how to play our ball as it sits on a tricky slope. Both our Dye Canyon and Jack Nicklaus Painted Valley courses present us with Downhill, Uphill, and Sidehill lies. We asked our Director of Golf, Tom Rogers, for some pointers so we can conquer those more difficult lies.

Downhill Lies: Be the Hill

  • Weight on the left foot.
  • The ball is played closer to right (higher) foot.
  • Shoulders will adjust down or parallel to the hill.
  • Use a more lofted club (sand wedge is one of the most lofted clubs).
  • Short backswing with weight remaining on the left foot and swing the club down the hill. Keep the club in the grass as long as you can. It will feel like a punch shot. Be sure to hit the grass slightly before the ball.

Uphill Lies: Be the Hill

  • Weight on right foot. Ball position is played toward the left (higher) foot.
  • Shoulders will adjust up or parallel to the hill.
  • Use a less lofted club. Practice on the course and our Short Game Area to see which club is best for you in different situations.
  • Very little weight shift; keep the club in the grass. Feel as though the shape of your swing matches the angle of the slope.

Sidehill Lies: Ball above your feet

  • Aim to the right of your target. The higher the ball is above your feet the more right you aim.
  • Take more club than normal and choke down.
  • Weight is on your heels.
  • Take a practice swing first to determine that your set up is correct.
  • Do not try to swing too hard.

Now get out there and don’t be afraid of those lies! Remember, Tom and his team are always on hand to help you. For lessons, questions, or more information you can contact the golf shops by calling concierge at 435.333.4000