An open stance promotes a slight out-to-in downswing path, which promotes a high flight with soft landing.
If you have little green, you’ll need a high, soft shot. Select a sand or lob wedge. These clubs are your higher lofted clubs that make it easy to achieve a higher ball flight with a softer landing…hopefully next to the pin!
Soft hands are key with these shots to allow the loft of the club to do its job. The tendency is to try and help the ball in the air with your hands, typically resulting in a bladed or chunked shot.
Select your landing spot. The circle is my landing spot. With an uphill lie and an open clubface, I can be aggressive with my landing spot and go for the pin.
Play the ball in the center or just ahead of center. Set up is slightly open stance and clubface. An open stance simply means your body lines are left of a square set up.
A steeper backswing with wrist hinge is key here. The length of the backswing is determined by the length of the shot. Don’t over-think the backswing. This is a feel shot, so trust your swing!
As I swing up the slope, my hands stay low through impact, letting the loft of the club do the work. My tempo is smooth, and my body is quiet. I am staying in my posture well past impact to ensure I stay in the shot, as indicated by the dotted line on my back; it is the same as from address.