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.
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Why'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.
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How to not do that
The next time you need to play a wedge from an uphill lie, try the "fall-back" shot. Select a less lofted 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.
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Set up with a wider stance and tilt your upper body until your shoulders are parallel with the slope.
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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.
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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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Fall back in your follow-through to regain balance.
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Do You Know 53 Yards When You See It?
Isn't it strange that sprinkler heads at most courses are carefully marked for yardage to the green from 300 down to 100 yards, but the markings suddenly disappear inside 100 yards? If anything, because golfers hit shorter shots straighter with clubs that have more loft, they need more accurate short-game yardages so they'll have a better chance of stopping these shots closer to the hole. To this point, look what we found when we tested golfers' ability to judge a short-game distance (see chart at right). When asked to guess how far they were from the flagstick, fewer than 1 in 3 came within 3 yards of the actual 53-yard distance. If this type of miscalculation typifies your short-game estimates, you might want to consider pacing off the yardage or buying a rangefinder.
Read more: http://www.golf.com/golf/gallery/article/0,28242,1614198-9,00.html#ixzz1clIMhTgD
Yellow: 30-40 Yards
Blue: 40-60 Yards
Red: 60+ Yards
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Don't Neglect Your Short Game
It's a fact: The distance you putt from is often more important than the quality of your putting stroke.
Our data shows you won't make a high percentage of putts from outside 15 feet, even if your stroke is better than Brad Faxon's. So don't neglect your short game this spring.
Practice a low-running chip and a high lofted pitch shot at least once every week and, when you have time, throw in a practice session from the sand. If you leave yourself shorter putts all summer, you'll be surprised how much lower your scores will be.
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