The uphill bunker shot. I'm in one of the new bunkers on the blue monster golf course at Doral and I've got a very severe uphill lie so I have to make several adjustments.
4 Steps for Hitting an Uphill Bunker Shot
- First, I need to get my body angles on the line of the bunker; that means my right shoulder down, left shoulder up, which will allow me to swing more up the slope. I won't dig into the bunker, which will cause the ball to go a very short distance. So I adjust by putting my angles more up the slope.
- Next I'm going to place the ball forward in my stance like I do on all normal bunker shots.
- I'm also going to get the club up on my backswing, but as I go through I'm going to have to swing a little bit harder to adjust for this slope.
- You might want to use your gap wedge a 52 or 53 degree wedge rather than your regular sand wedges which is probably 56 to 58 degrees. Certainly not a 60 degree wedge for this shot.
So, play the ball in the same position as a normal bunker shot, angle your body more up the slope, swing a little bit harder, and make sure that you finish. That's how you get out of the uphill lie.