Titleist Tips: Uphill Bunker Shot with James Sieckmann

As Titleist Staff Member James Sieckmann told us, it’s easy for players to make the short game too complicated. A great case in point is an uphill lie in a greenside bunker. Players will often contort their bodies in an attempt to accommodate this lie, but more often than not, the result is a muffed or bladed shot that doesn’t escape the sand.

James joined us out on the golf course and walked through a few keys that will help take the stress out of this situation.

Try James’ suggestions the next time you’re faced with an uphill bunker shot:

  • Walk onto the green surface to pick out a landing spot
  • Consider multiple clubs - for an uphill lie, use a lower lofted wedge
  • Stand tall, align your spine 90° to the earth’s center
  • Narrow stance, slightly open
  • Swing the club and hands slightly left through impact to lower the shot trajectory


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2 Replies

  1. dennis n

    Good tips, my 52° wedge became my bunker go to for anything over thirty feet. Then I changed wedges and lofts without the same confidence level returns. I'm hoping for something to return  with this help.

  2. Gary D

    I love Sieckmann's short game tips I have his book and it's help me a great deal.