Hi this is Jeff Mitchell with Golf Standard. Today's topic as you can see is a severe uphill lie in a bunker. Now this is a pretty good lie actually sitting on the sand. It's not buried or anything like that, but it is very severe. The issue with one of these types of lie's is that you really have to make some major modifications in your setup to be successful with this. Number one, you have to set up with your body perpendicular to the slope, whether it's this way right, left whatever so that you feel like that you are basically perpendicular to the slope.
The second thing you have to understand is that in normal situations the lie angle of the club would be horizontal with the ground. As soon as you start setting up to this, you can see the toe angle is quite a bit more severe. Well the problem is that when you bring the toe up, that changes the axis where the ball's going to go. If your flat it's going to go straight, if the toe is raised the golf ball's going to go considerably left of where your aiming. I put an alignment out here just as kind of an illustration. What I would do is I would setup open the club face just like normal.
Try to get my body perpendicular to the slope, and line up far enough right so that I can counter act the action of that toe being up in the air. The next thing I want to do is try to treat this as much like a normal shot as possible. I want to take the same type of divot out of this as I would when I was in regular sand. I generally try and take about three quarters of an inch. If I setup in balance and straight up and down with this, I'm going to take the club and send it right straight into the bank.
Chances are I'm either going to have to much sand or to little sand but I'm not going to get a very good result. I'm going to set up really getting good balance, try to get my spine perpendicular to this slope, I'm going to line up considerably to the right and then I'm going to try and take a very normal swing. You can see that ball came off considerably left of my target. One other thing you might consider this as an uphill slope. You might use a little less loft when you hit this shot. Test these out. Hopefully you won't get very many of these lies, but it's always good to know. Maybe you can save a shot. Till next time.