By Dave Pelz
Thursday, September 20, 2007

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The problem
You always leave wedge shots from uphill lies short of your target — sometimes even short of the green — because your clubhead digs into the slope at impact.

\nWhy'd I do that?
Golfers tend to stand straight up when addressing a shot on an upslope, but this is wrong. A vertical posture points your body lines and downswing club path into the slope, which causes you to slow your club down before it bangs into the ground at impact, leaving your shot short.

\nHow to not do that
The next time you need to play a wedge from an uphill lie, try the "fall-back" shot. Select a lesslofted wedge than you'd normally use from the same distance on a level lie to compensate for the height the slope will add to the shot. Next, set up with a wider stance and tilt your upper body until your shoulders are parallel with the slope. Play the ball one-inch farther back in your stance than usual and grip down on the shaft so the club rests naturally in your hands when it's soled on the ground. You'll feel a bit out of balance at first, but stay there — this setup will enable you to hit the ball cleanly without sticking your club into the dirt.

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