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WATCH: How to (and how NOT to) play from an uphill lie

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Top-100 teacher Tom Stickney of Punta Mita Golf Academy in Mexico provides tips for playing the ball from an uphill lie. Hope this helps!

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (www.puntamita.com) He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email: tom.stickney@puntamita.com

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  1. ButchT

    Sep 25, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Good advice thank you.

  2. DL

    Sep 25, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    That was barely an uphill lie

  3. halensmith

    Sep 24, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Interesting topic. Thank you for sharing this

  4. geohogan

    Sep 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Simple, to the point… like it.

    • engineer bob

      Sep 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      But it contradicts G.Hogan-1992. “In golf, there should be no deliberate relocation of body weight as such.”, and, “If you watch a good golfer closely, you will see that the transfer of “weight” from one foot to another is delayed until the very last moment.” He completely ignores the mechanics of uphill and downhill shots.

  5. larrybud

    Sep 23, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Sometimes “higher” means “longer”, so less club is warranted, not more. For example, if you’re hitting a 7 iron, and aligning to the slope of the ground, it may make it an 8 iron, but with 7 iron shaft length.

    Two, a bit contradictory advice. If you’re NOT going to align to the slope of the ground and instead “lean left” (relative to the ground), the ground effect will be nil, and club adjustment wouldn’t be needed.

    • larrybud

      Sep 23, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Let me also add that if you’re hanging back, that can often lead to a pull, not an open face, because your sternum is farther back than normal at impact. So it all depends on if you hold the face open or release it as normal.

  6. steve

    Sep 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Right on, Tom. It would be interesting to trace the ground reaction forces when hitting on an uphill lie. Put force plates on an inclined and braced 4’x 4′ plywood panel and see what you get. It would scientifically confirm what you are advocating.

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