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How to Handle an Uphill Lie

In this video tip, Scott Tanguay of the Coastal Golf Academy at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Myrtle Beach, S.C. shows us how to approach a common type of lie and execute the shot.

Scott Tanguay:
Hey guys, Scott Tanguay here at the Coastal Golf Academy at Whispering Pines Golf Course, directly across the street from Myrtle Beach International Airport. Come see me for a lesson!

Now we're still on the fourth hole here, we hit our drive a little bit farther and now we're on the upslope. Now we've got to almost do the exact opposite, which would be go with the slope. That's the easiest way to think of it, whether it's below you, whether it's above you. Or this scenario, where if we're going up a hill like this, that means now we're going to tilt that way. We don't want to fight it and get this steep hacking divot. We're going to go with the slope. Now the biggest thing I see with people that struggle on this shot, and again, even for myself sometimes, it's not the easiest. You still want to try and transfer your weight to that lead leg. Even though we're on a little bit of a hill here, it's a little easier to want to hang back or fall back, so you want to fight that urge.

The only thing we're really changing is our stance, and the other thing is if we're on more of an uphill slope, there's going to be more loft on the golf club. So let's say this was a pitching wedge distance for me, I'm going to use my nine iron because if I hit my pitching wedge, it's going to go more up and then come up short. So we have to make that adjustment with our stance. We're going to get a little bit more on the right leg and then maybe add an extra club to kind of fight how much higher it's going to go.

So we're here, get our aim. All right, the setup's pretty similar, but we're just going to kind of tilt to the right a little bit more, and we got that extra club in the bag. Just make sure you don't stay back on that right leg. All right, there you go!