How To Chip/Pitch From Uneven Lies

By Joel Harrington
November 12, 2012

In this video, PGA Pro Todd Kolb discusses the basics of pitching from an uneven lie.  First, Todd covers pitching from an uphill lie where you’ll want to move the ball back in your stance to help bring the ball flight down.  You’ll want to select a club with less loft as the uphill lie adds loft to the shot.  So, for example, if you’d typically chip with a sand wedge from that distance, you may want to select a gap wedge or a pitching wedge instead to negate the angle of the uphill slope.

In the second part of the video, Todd discusses chipping from downhill lies.  Since the downhill lie takes loft off of the golf club, you’ll want to select a club with more loft than you typically would from that distance.  So, for example if you’d normally use a pitching wedge, you may want to select a sand wedge or a lob wedge since the ball will come off of the face with lower loft.  Another key to pitching from a downhill slope is remembering to match your shoulders to the slope line to help ensure solid contact.

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