Trackman tells us the truth about uneven lies (Part 2)

In Part 2 of Trackman tells us the truth about uneven lies, I will be discussing in detail why the ball tends to fade or slice when it is below your feet and what particular Trackman parameter is the influencer.

As stated in Part 1, I found that the biggest differentiation was the shaft plane at impact on uneven lies. On average, the shaft plane was 11+ degrees more upright for me when the ball was below my feet versus when it was above.

From 20 shots hit with the ball below the feet at an 8 percent grade.

As a result, this moves the sweet spot to the right of the target and creates a situation where the face comes into impact open to the path. If we do not adjust our set-up or our swing, the ball will tend to start to the right of the target and fade more right, resulting in a poor outcome. 

Here are some set-up adjustments to assure the ball will fly toward the pin as opposed to away from it, when the ball is below your feet.

  • Knowing that the face is going to be open to the path, it is critical we aim our body enough to the left (for a right-handed golfer) to accommodate a fade back toward the target.
  • Because the ball is below our feet, we need to position our body lower to get down to the ball. Do this by flexing your knees and bending more from the hips.
  • On very severe slopes where your knees are heavily flexed, drop your right foot back to leave room for your arms to swing. It is very easy to hit this shot thin otherwise.
  • Last but not least, focus on keeping your chest down throughout the backswing.

By Guest Instructor Devan Bonebrake