Beating The Buried Lie |
by Better Golf
Whether you have a classic "fried egg" lie in a sand bunker or have the ball plugged so badly you can barely make out the top of it, there is a technique I recommend for making a successful extraction.
Take your normal address position for a greenside bunker shot - stance open, ball played forward.
Now, turn the face of the wedge fully closed with the toe pointing at the ground. Swing as you would ordinarily, but with authority and to a complete, full finish.
With the toe at such a steep angle, it impacts the sand first, and the force redirects the club through and under the ball. The texture of the sand determines how far behind the ball to hit. Usually, you should hit about 1 to 2 inches behind the ball. I practice this shot by stepping on my ball to bury it.