Speaker 1: All right, I want to talk to you about more trouble shots in the bunker.
This is something I'll see a lot of my beginner golfers, amateur golfers, really struggle with.
This is an uphill bunker lie.
We have a pin, probably hit a pretty good shot to get to this point.
Imagine the fairway being back there, we're coming into a pin.
We came up just short.
We're caught on this up slope, assuming it didn't bury.
I want to teach you how to hit this shot and make it a little bit easier.
Whenever you're thinking of a bunker shot, for that matter any golf shot, the key component to setting up to adverse lies ...
In other words, downhill, uphill, ball below, ball above ...
Is you need to fit your body to the earth.
If the earth is tilting, if it's in any direction, you got to make sure that you tilt in that same direction.
For example, this is an uphill lie, probably about a 10 or 12 degree uphill lie.
What you want to do on a shot like this ...
Where most of the amateurs get off is they'll lean into the hill, basically because it's hard to balance and they'll hit into the sand and they won't put a lot of energy between them and the golf ball.
They'll end up usually just sticking the club in the sand.
What that does is, that makes the club not slide as consistently into the golf ball.
It actually digs into the earth.
You don't really get that explosion of that ball getting out of the sand.
What you need to do in this shot is you need to fit your body with the earth.
Any time you're having to fit your body to the earth it's really important that you have a wide stance because we're going to tilt our body back on this shot.
Okay? We're not going to have a lot of weight on our front foot.
We're going to be real wide and we're actually going to tilt our shoulders up with the land.
Now here's the most important thing you got to do in this shot.
I've got a 60 and I've got a 54, normally if I had not much green to work with I'd use my 60 here but because I'm on a 10 to 12 degree up slope you got to remember this 54 is now a 66 degree wedge.
We don't need to hit it really high, we're going to have 66 degrees.
By the way, that's if I have the club face square.
Since I'm going to open it up, we're probably going to have anywhere between 70 and 80 degree just by opening up a 54 degree wedge, based on the lie of the land.
What you're going to do is you're going to set in, wide stance, same point you're trying to hit that spot two inches behind it.
All you do is you let the club and the land do the work.
Most of the work is going to be done with the lie of the shot, it's on a uphill lie.
You just get nice and relaxed.
Always relax when you're hitting a bunker shot and just swing along with the land.
What you'll see is you'll see the ball pop up in the air.
It will go up pretty high, come down pretty soft, because we're on a pretty severe incline.
I would advise you to get your feet wide, fit your body to the land and even switch clubs, because you don't need a lot of loft in a situation like that.
When you get these short-sighted uphill bunker shots, should be pretty successful.