6 Short-game Solutions for Saving Par - Escaping a downhill bunker lie Created on 1/1/2009 12:00:00 PM
Escaping a downhill bunker lie
One of the hardest shots in golf for any player is the downhill lie in greenside sand. The most important thing to remember is that it's nearly impossible to hit a high-lofted shot from this lie, so don't even try. At best, the ball will come out low and roll. Even if the hole is cut close, your goal should be getting the ball on the green.
How to: Get the feel of the proper setup by lifting your arms out to your sides and matching them to the angle of the slope (left). That's the tilt your body should take at address. Now play the ball back in your stance, and swing down the slope, skimming the sand as if it were a flat shot. Finish low. If it helps, step down the slope as you swing through.
Golf Digest January 2009