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How to Hit Uphill Bunker Shots
by Chuck Quinton

As you learned from the Short Game DVD, hitting shots out of the bunker is very easy once you learn the few basic fundamentals. But what happens when faced with an uphill lie? As you'll see in the video, the same fundamentals apply, you simply need to understand a couple more things that will make this shot much easier. The swing is the same, only the setup is slightly different.


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Note in the pictures above how my shoulders match the angle of the slope at address and impact. This is critical as it will keep your from stabbing the clubface into the slope and allow you to strike through the sand with speed. Just like in a normal bunker shot, the back of the clubface should slap the sand and quickly strike through without digging. If it is digging, it is likely that your shoulders are too flat in relation to the slope. Make sure you setup with your spine angle more perpindicular with the slope and keep it there throughout the swing.


In the first picture, note how I have a good amount of bend in my legs, more so than on a normal shot. This lowers my center of gravity and gives me a nice stable base to make an agressive swing without losing my balance. Lowering your center of gravity like this also helps shallow out your swing path and helps the club glide through the sand. I also have a wider stance than normal to help with stability and shallowing out my swing path.


At the top of the swing, I have stayed very centered and have not allowed my weight to slide down with the direction of the slope. You need a very stable base to do this and it starts with the setup. My right leg is braced but not stiff and I have the club fully set at the top with the face open.


At impact, my shoulders match the angle of the slope and my spine is still perpendicular to the slope. Of important note, you can see that I have worked hard to get into my left side at impact rather than hanging back on my right side. It is very important that your weight is more on your left side at impact, even though the slope wants to throw you off balance and to the right. Use your legs to get your body forward to keep from falling back off balance.

The uphill bunker shot is really no different, but it's important that you set up correctly right from the beginning to give yourself the best opportunity to hit a good shot.


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