How to Chip from Awkward Lies

How to Chip from Awkward Lies

When you swing your hands around your hips, this is what your finish looks like.
Bob Atkins

Nearly every green complex is designed to funnel
water away from the putting surface, so when you
miss a green, you’ll frequently find yourself with a
hilly lie.

If you’re chipping from an uphill or a
downhill lie, position the ball at the high point in
your stance. For a downslope, that’s off your right
foot, and off your left foot when you’re on an
upslope. This gives you the best chance of making
crisp contact and keeping chili-dips and thin
shots at bay.

When you’re on a sidehill with the
ball above your feet, the needed adjustments
are more complex.
The first step is to pull your
lob wedge. It has a thinner sole than a sand wedge
and will give you cleaner contact. Choke down on
the grip so that the clubhead rests on the turf
without you having to adjust your normal
posture. Swing your hands around your hips,
instead of your shoulders like you do on your full

You know you’re doing it right if your
hands and your clubhead are at hip height in your


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