Don't leave uphill wedges short

Don’t leave uphill wedges short

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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.

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.

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 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.