Mike Malaska continues the bunkers series, discussing uneven lies.
It is essential to make adjustments when the lie of the ball changes in a bunker. It comes down to how much sand you do and don't take when you swing.
When you set up in the bunker, the angle of the lie of the ball must be the same as your body. If the lie is flat, then your body is fairly upright. If the lie is on an angle, then you will have to adjust and tilt your body to the angle of the lie. Again, you want to get your upper body relative to the sand the same as it would be on a flat lie.
Then make some swings and see where your club bottoms out; that is where you put the ball.
Mike demonstrates hitting the ball out of the bunker with a flat lie. Mike sets up, his shoulders are level with a slight tilt, and he hits the ball.
Then Mike hits a ball with a severe uphill lie. When you change the angle of the lie, the sand comes out differently, so the ball will go different distances. This requires Mike to tilt his shoulders back and make some practice swings to see where the club hits the sand.
Mike then demonstrates a downhill lie making a practice swing into the sand. You will notice the sand fly off lower; hence, the ball will launch lower. This is a more challenging shot at getting the ball up in the air.
Again, your upper body needs to be relative to the ground as it would hitting a ball on a flat lie. Once you figure that out, where does your club bottom out, and where is it throwing the sand? Knowing this makes all these different lies easier and more manageable.