Golf tip of the week: Uphill lies require less loft

PHOTO PROVIDED Less loft for uphill lies and more loft for downhill lies.

When hitting from an uphill slope, your club loft will increase due to the angle of the hitting area. For example, if you are hitting a nine iron, you may want to change to an eight or seven iron, depending on the severity of the slope angle.

When on a downhill lie utilize a more lofted club, due to the slope delofting the club.

Always take a practice swing and adjust your stance accordingly. Try to keep the hips parallel to the slope, whether it is downhill or an uphill lie. Keep the hips parallel and swing smooth enough to maintain your balance. The club should pass through the hitting area parallel to the slope angle.

Don’t forget to enjoy this great game called golf.

Rick Musselman, a golf author and professional, owns Musselman’s Golf and Rick gives lessons in his high-tech golf swing simulator at his golf facility in Williamsport.