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Hitting Bunker Shots on Uphill or Downhill Lie

Hitting from uphill lie or downhill lie is not as hard as you may think. The key is not to fight against the slope.

Uphill Lie

Address:

From uphill lie, the important key is to set your shoulders, waist and knees parallel to the slope. So your right shoulder will be much lower than regular shots.

The tendency is to lean against the slope. But if you do this, you will hit it fat.

The Swing:

The key is to swing along the slope. Expect the ball to fly higher than normal. So you may not want to open your face as much as you do for regular bunker shots.

Downhill Lie

Address:

Same thing with uphill lie. You need to set your shoulders parallel with the slope. So your left shoulder will be much lower than regular bunker shots.

Ball Position:

Position your ball in the center or little right of center of your stance for this shot.

The Swing:

Again, swing along the slope. Try to keep your clubhead low to the ground after impact.

For downhill shots from sand, please see How to Hit a Bunker Shot from a Downhill Lie, also.

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