A Complete Tutorial On How To Hit An Uphill Approach Shot
There is more to playing golf than working out the distance of the next shot and taking out the club that you commonly hit that distance. If there is a wind that will affect the shot. Downwind and you will not need so much club; into the wind then you will need more. Similarly golf courses are rarely completely flat. If you are faced with a downhill shot your calculations should change and there is also the potential of run when the balls hits the ground. Uphill you face a different challenge again both because of what will happen when the ball drops and the difficulty of taking your stance on a slope.
You have to visualise the path of the ball. If there is a significant slope in front of you the equation changes because the angle of the slope will tend to mean the ball hits the ground earlier than it would if the same shot was played on the flat. That will reduce the distance that you can expect to achieve with your particular club. You are likely to need a stronger club to achieve the distance you require than you would take if you were hitting the shot on the flat.
There are aspects in playing the shot that you have to practise:
- You need to align your shoulders, hips and knees with the slope.
- Your weight should be on the back foot but ensure you drive it forward as you play the ball.
- Balance is essential and you should swing along the slope.
Judgement always comes into play when deciding on a particular shot. It is difficult to know how a ball will react if it lands on an upslope. Even if there was potential momentum, it may not go forward. The higher the trajectory, the less likely that it will go forward any distance when it lands so an extra club, or two, is likely to be necessary.
You are likely to know the distance you have to the middle of the green. If you know the course then you will know what is at the back of that green. If there are no real terrors there then you can be more confident taking an extra club or two. It is the answer because if you are short and the ball hits the upslope it may come down back towards you in extreme circumstances.