Hi Golfers my name is Craig
Lockwood I am Head Professional at Forrester Park Golf and Country Club in
Maldon, Essex. Over the past few weeks we have been talking about sloping lies
and have discussed in detail the uphill and downhill lies. This week’s topic is
side hill lie- Ball Above your feet.

 Ball above feet- Predominant ball flight

This shot will have a
tendency to curve to the left through the air for a right hander and right for
a left hander. This because of two factors:-

1)    Because the ball is above our feet we hit shots almost
like a baseball batsman, on a flatter swing arc causing the hands to become
more active during the swing resulting to a closed clubface.

2)    Because of Face Plane Tilt. Even through the leading
edge of the club may point at the target because of the lie angle and loft on
the club the clubface points left of the target.

 

Aim

Right Hander: Aim Further
RIGHT of the target.

Left Hander: Aim further LEFT
of the target.

 

Set up

 The first thing I must do is move my hands further down the grip; this will allow me to have much great control over the club during my swing. I will also have a slightly wider stance than usual to give me a solid foundation to swing around and to give me more stability. Due to the slope, my body/ spine angle is forced into a more upright position than from a level lie. This upright position will give my swing the sensation of being a more rounded motion, very similar to a baseball batsman. Due to the affect gravity will have on my body during my swing, I need to place more weight on to the toes of my feet as gravity will try to pull me away from the slope causing me to lose my balance towards my heels.

In swing

The key to playing all awkward lies is to never try to hit the golf ball too far, swing well within your limits at a ¾ length and ¾ pace of swing. This will allow you to keep your balance better on uneven lies and thus improving your chances of striking the ball
better.

 

RECAP

 

  1. Use the same club for the distance off a level lie.

 

  1. Aim correctly- Right handed aim further right, left
    handed aim further left.

 

  1. Grip down the club.

 

  1. I have a wider base- Perfect balance at the start of
    my swing sets up for perfect balance through the swing

 

  1. Ball position central in your stance.

 

  1. More upright spine angle = A more rounded swing.

 

  1. Weight favouring the toes of the feet.

 

 

 

Happy Golfing

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 Hi Golfers my name is Craig Lockwood I am Head Professional at Forrester Park Golf and Country Club in Maldon, last week I discussed the UPHILL lie. I hope you all read the changes we make in our set up from last week. Knowing how to play these awkward shots is a priceless weapon to your artillery. We must learn and understand the changes we make in our set up and swing to allow us to play all these tough shots. The shot I will discuss this week is a DOWNHILL lie.

 

The key to playing all awkward lies is to never try to hit the golf ball too far, swing well within your limits at a ¾ length and ¾ pace of swing. This will allow you to keep your balance better on uneven lies and thus improving your chances of striking the ball better.

 

Downhill lie ball flight

 

This shot will have a tendency to curve left to right for a right hander and right to left for a left hander. This is because the body is restricted in the backswing and cannot turn so freely, causing the arms to work a little more up and down during the swing. This up and down motion creates a movement with the club that cuts across the ball creating more sidespin on the ball making the ball curve.

 

Also the flight of the ball will be considerably lower due to the launch angle of the downhill slope. The shorter irons will fly further because you are affectively turning your 8 iron into a 6iron. The longer irons and woods will not fly as far as from a flat lie but will roll considerably more.

 

CARE MUST BE TAKEN WITH CLUB SELECTION MORE LOFT IS BETTER THAN TO LITTLE LOFT

 

Aim

 

Right Hander- Aim further left of the target.

 

Left Hander- Aim further right of the target.

Set up

 

To be able to play solid shots from awkward lies we must adapt our body to match the slope we are playing from. We must create the same posture as we would create with our body from a level lie.

 

Good Posture

 

To allow us to play these shots as a rule of the thumb we try to match the angle of our shoulders with the angle of the slope. To enable us to do this we will need to place more weight onto our foot closest to the target. Placing more weight onto our front foot also offers us more balance. With a slope that is serve we will also need to have a wider stance again giving us far greater balance on uneven ground.

 

Poor Posture

 

In picture 2, I am demonstrating a common mistake with amateur golfers, my shoulders do not match the slope and I am not creating the same posture as I would from a level lie. This could cause me to hit the ground well before the ball, is this a common mistake for you??

 

Solid set up

 

Weaker Lofted club, 8 instead of a 6.

 

I am aiming left of my target. (Remember I am right handed)

 

I have a wider base- Perfect balance at the start of my swing sets up for perfect balance through the swing.

 

My shoulders matching the angle of the slope.

 

More weight on my front foot.

 

My ball position slightly towards my back foot.

 

Next week I will talk you through the processes of playing side hill lies. Don’t miss it.

 

Happy Golfing

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AWKWARD LIE’S

Hi Golfers my name is Craig Lockwood I am Head Professional at Forrester Park Golf and Country Club in Maldon, over the next few weeks I will talk you through the processes of awkward lies. Unfortunately when we play golf it is a rarity that we are face with an iron flat lie where your feet and golf ball are level. Knowing how to adapt to these shots is a priceless weapon to your artillery. We must learn and understand the changes we must make in our set up and swing to allow us to play these tough shots more consistently. The shot I will discuss this week is an UPHILL lie.
The key to playing all awkward lies is to never try to hit the golf ball too far, swing well within your limits at a ¾ length and ¾ pace of swing. This will allow you to keep your balance better on uneven lies and thus improving your striking.

UPHILL

This shot will have a tendency for the ball to flight right to left through the air for a right handed golfer, and left to right for a left hander this is because the hands become too active through impact closing the clubface. It will also fly higher than normal due to the launch angle of the uphill lie, so an extra club or two will be needed depending on the severity of slope.
Aim
R/H- aim right of intended target
L/H- aim left of intended target.

AWKWARD LIE’S
Set Up

We must make a few changes in our set up that will allow us to hit the golf ball cleanly. We must re-create the same posture as if we were playing from a level lie.
A good set up, this position is creating the same posture as we would do from a level lie. We can see with the use of the club across my shoulders that they match the angle of the slope. This will allow the swing to work more consistently because we have our body in a position it is accustom too, from a flat lie. I have also placed more weight onto my right leg to help my overall balance during the swing.
Figure 2 below is a common fault of many amateur golfers where too much weight is favouring the front foot and shoulder level does not match the angle of the slope this can produce inconsistencies in ball striking.

AWKWARD LIE’S

A full set up position; I have a wider than shoulder width stance to help my balance throughout the swing. I also have the ball positioned centred in my stance which is a balls width further back in my stance to aid a downward strike on the ball. Lastly as spoken about above my shoulders match the angle of the slope.

Recap Uphill lie
~ Aim Right for R/H or Left for L/H.
~ Club Up- more club
~ Create the same posture as a level lie, shoulders parallel to the slope.
~ Weight on the back foot.
~Ball position centred in stance.
~ Swing within your limits.

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Balls and Balls

ARE YOUR GOLF BALLS GOOD FOR YOUR GAME!
Happy Golfing from Craig Lockwood based at Forrester Park Golf Club.
Golf is the only game in the world where you have to make the same movement over and over again as consistently as possible. I was very surprised through recent talks with some members here at Forrester Park that not many people play with the same golf ball throughout a round let alone a month’s golf. How can you be consistent if your equipment keeps changing?
I understand that money is an issue when you’re not quite playing to your full potential. (And believe me I can relate to you), it doesn’t hurt your wallet as much when you hit a 50p lake ball back to its rightful place in the pond on the first. Than it does to painfully watch your £3.50 Pro V1 you marked with your Sharpie pen sink slowly to the dark deeps of its watery grave.
Please don’t get me wrong, I am not telling you to go and buy the top of the range balls, but what I am saying is find a ball that is correct for your swing speed and ball flight and stick to that golf ball, until your ability progresses and you change to a new ball that suits your new style of play.
There are plenty of balls on the market, I have given a detailed description of the Titleist range of balls and also shown other makes and balls that full into the same bracket. I hope this helps.

Titleist Pro v1 (top of the range)
This is a top of the range ball that offers distance and durability alike, and now also delivers increased spin control with a more consistent flight. This is an advanced golf ball that creates slightly more spin than its sister ball the Pro V1x. The Pro V1 should be used for players with good club head speed of 90 M.P.H plus with the driver and who are looking for professional control. If a player hits a low penetrating flight and wants to see it fly higher use the Pro V1.

Enjoy your Golf,

Craig
Forrester Park Golf and Country Club

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Eyes open or shut.

Putting with your eyes wide shut!!!
By Craig Lockwood at the Wolfrace Golf Academy based at Forrester Park Golf and Country Club.
Justin Rose has had his fair share of putting troubles over recent years and has tried many different techniques to improve his distance control on the greens. He put into practice at the Bay Hill Invitational putting with his EYES SHUT, yes you read the right, his eyes shut. He was not just shutting his eyes and praying for it to go in, but was actually making a more accurate judgment and was putting considerably better.
The reason behind this is to do with your senses. When we putt we use two, sight and touch. When you take away your sense of sight, your sense of touch is greatly improved. It is our sense of touch that we must rely on to control the speed of our putts.
The Drill
1. Make your practice putts with your eyes open looking at the hole.
2. Shut your eyes and imagine how far the hole is away.
3. Continue your practice putts with your eyes closed, feel the putting moving back and through for the putt you are faced with and feel the rhythm of the putter.
4. Open your eyes, line yourself to the target.
5. Shut your eyes and hit the putt.
Continued development
Once you have hit the putt, keep your eyes closed and guess if you think you have hit it too hard, too soft or just right.
You will surprise yourself because this really does work, head to our putting green and give it a go.

For more help and advice please do not hesitate to contact me at Forrester Park Golf Club.Enjoy your Golf,

Craig.

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