How to Chip from a Downhill Lie

Chipping from a Downslope
Chip Shots from a Sloping Lie – Part 1

Chipping tips for a downhill lieThis golf chipping lesson shows you how to play chip shots from a downhill sloping lie.

Imagine you’ve hit an approach shot on to the green and it’s rolled up quite a severe slope at the back edge of the green. You now have a downhill lie that is going to affect the flight of the ball and also how you set up.

Watch the chipping video lesson below (or read the summary beneath) for tips on how to play a chip shot from a downhill sloping lie:




Chipping Lesson Video Summary

  • Chipping downhill setupTake a normal, good chip shot set up. Now, adjust this by taking a slightly wider stance to help your balance.

  • Tilt your spine forward when chipping from a downslopeTip your shoulders so that they run parallel to the line of the slope – your spine should be at right angles to the slope.

  • Position your weight on your front foot when hitting a downslope chip shotKeep your weight predominantly on your front leg. Any weight on the back foot can lead to thin and fat chip shots. Be careful however, that you don’t lose your balance during the follow through.

  • Use a lofted club when chipping from a downslopeA downslope will have the effect of reducing the loft of your club. To compensate, I recommend you always opt for the most lofted club in your bag (a lob or sand wedge for example) when chipping from a downhill lie.

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