Tip From the Archives
Up and Down Slopes
The ball landed on a slope in the fairway, leaving you with either an uphill or a downhill lie.
Fight your urge to use an iron in this case. Select a club that is meant to be used in the fairway such as a hybrid or a fairway wood. You will find that they are much more forgiving in this situation.
Allow the angle of your hips and shoulders to mirror the angle of the slope. So if the slope is higher on the left side of your body, you want the left side of your hips and shoulders to be higher than your right. This will help you swing along the slope easier and make it feel more like you are swinging from a flatter lie. However, do not lean your body in an awkward position to do this; simply bend at the knee of your higher leg until you feel level. If you have a downhill lie, use a more lofted club, set the ball back in your stance. Do not worry about losing distance because of increasing the loft. The ball will fly low and have plenty of roll due to the downhill lie. You will also want to aim more to the left if you are right handed or to the right if you are left handed. If you have an uphill lie, remember to put the ball forward in your stance and aim to the right if you are right handed or to the left if you are left handed.