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