Bad Lies

Make clean contact no matter how difficult your lie

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Take a divot on your rehearsal swing
Feet In Bunker, Ball Out

The key to this shot is to choke down on the club far enough—all the way to the shaft—if necessary.

When you set up to this shot, imagine you’re making the same rounded swing you would if you were playing tee ball. This shot is on the same swing-plane angle.

Before you actually hit the ball, make sure you take plenty of extra practice swings to not only find the proper swing plane, but also locate the point where your club bottoms out. Don’t hit the sand!

Take one more club (you’ve choked down so you’ll hit it shorter) and swing smoothly. See the club hit the ball and don’t look up!

Uphill Lie

When you have an uphill lie, the first ingredient is to match your shoulder angle to the slope. Because gravity pushes you downhill, the tendency when you swing is to fall backward.

That’s where counterbalancing comes in. To help push your weight forward up the hill, take an extra club, place more weight on your left side and swing smoothly. Expect to hit it about a club shorter than you normally do, a bit higher and to the left of your target (adjust your aim accordingly). As you swing, keep your weight moving into the hill and finish in balance on your left side.

Downhill Lie

When you have a downhill lie, pretty much everything is reversed. First, angle your shoulders to the slope. This helps match your setup and swing to the hill. Expect a lower-than-normal ballflight that curves a bit right.

Remember, all uneven lie shots require good balance and a stable lower body. Take plenty of club, and swing smooth. Place a little extra weight on your downhill foot and think, “balance, balance, balance.”


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