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Golf Pitch from Down Hill Lies

by | Feb 14, 2019

Dave Cahill here with Cahill Golf. I am at the Cimarron Golf Resort here in Palm Springs, California. I have a lie near the green. But the pin is short sided and the lie downhill. A pitch from a downhill lie to the green almost always requires a high soft shot. Just remember that the downhill pitch will still roll some no matter what you do. I have to do something to get the ball up and get it to stop quickly. A club with loft such as a 60-degree wedge will help make that happen. Align your shoulders parallel to the slope which is a slight lean to the left. You might have to aim slightly left of your target. In addition, I will open the club face just a bit to create more loft. I do this by turning the toe back a little bit, too much and you will push the ball out to the right. Because the lie is downhill, I will put the ball a little farther back in my stance. I want the club to approach the ball at a steep angle of decent, catching the ball, making clean contact on the way down. I pick the club up with my wrists. On the downswing relax the wrists allow the arms and the club to drop with gravity and then follow through; a nice smooth feeling. Practice to perfect the shot.

A 60-Degree Wedge

A club with loft such as a 60-degree wedge will to get the ball up and get it to stop quickly.

Slightly Open the Face

Open the club face just a bit to create more loft.

Relax the Wrists

On the downswing relax the wrists follow through; a nice smooth feeling.
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