Why did I Do That?
When you hit from an upslope, your 60-degree can play like an 80.
Pitching uphill, you get it halfway there
Your approach trickles off the green and stops on a steep downslope. You’re facing a pitch back up the hill, but you still turn to your trusty lob wedge.You catch it just right, but the ball shoots straight up and barely gets to the green. What just happened?
If you’re standing over the ball and feel most of your weight on your back foot, this will in effect add loft to your club. It can turn a 60-degree wedge into a 70 or 80. So unless you’re some kind of expert at manipulating trajectory, take a less-lofted club – like your pitching wedge.
On uphill pitches, the tendency is to push your weight to the uphill leg, and that causes you to stick the club into the ground at impact. Instead, tilt your shoulders so they match the slope. Hover the clubhead just even with the grass, and extend your arms at setup to form a V.
Depending on the lie, you do that by choking down or holding the club at full length. This will boost your odds of good contact.
Then make a smooth swing back and through, keeping your lead arm and the shaft moving together so you don’t flip your wrists (the dreaded scoop). You’ll easily pull off the shot and get the distance you need.