How to Play From an Uphill Lie in a Bunker

What if your ball is in a greenside bunker and you are faced with an uphill lie to get to the flag. Firstly, you need to make sure you have the correct club in your hand because, from this situation, the ball is going to go higher and shorter than it would normally from the sand. You can hit any of the wedges like your lob wedge, sand wedge, or your gap wedge.

Just remember as it’s going to go higher and shorter you should play the ball position off the inside of your front foot, maybe even more towards the middle of your stance.

Make sure you get a good footing with your feet and slope your shoulders, your hips, and your knees with the angle of the upslope of the bunker.

So, with your ball position middle to front of your stance, and sloping your shoulders, you can either square the clubface of your wedge or open it slightly depending on how close you are to the flag.

Swing at this shot steeply and finish your follow through really high. Do this and the ball should come out high and sit right on the green finishing near the flag. Success!


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Nancy Quarcelino

Nancy Quarcelino is a member of the LPGA and PGA of America. Within a career that spans over 30 years, she is regarded as one of the premier golf instructors in the country and in 2012, Nancy was inducted into the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Fame

LPGA Teaching and Club ProfessionalsNancy has held the position of Head Professional/General Manager at Indian Hills Country Club in Bowling Green, Kentucky and was also the Head Professional at Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, TN. She was the host professional for the LPGA Sara Lee Classic Tournament for many years while at Hermitage Golf Course. Nancy’s passion for golf turned to teaching, and in 1992 she started the Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf which just completed its 20th year as a successful business in the Nashville, TN area. The Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf is located at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, in Nashville, TN.

Photo credit: Kristalle Blum at the 2017 RACV Gold Coast Challenge – Photo from David Burness at Kinetic Images.