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Buried Lie

A Buried Lie from the Bunker Requires a Different Approach

The buried lie out of the bunker is a difficult shot, and requires a little more to play this ball then the usual ball that is setting up.  Unlike the typical sand shot, where the ball is centered in the stance and struck with an open club ace, this ball will be positioned back and the ball will be hit with a slightly closed club face.

buried lie

Plugged Lie

As with any ball that has gone astray into a hazard, deep rough or any other type of trouble, you have to make concessions because of the lie the ball is in.  Sometimes the ball is sitting in a nice position where you will be able to get the club on it without difficulty, and other times you will have to play dearly for your mistake.  But it is a mistake to hit the ball there, and it will make you a better golfer if during your practice you play the ball as it lies (which is of course the rule), rather than give it a little nudge to a better position.  One of the beauties of golf is there will be an answer to every problem, so get used to dealing with the problem, and that’s where the ball happens to lie.

How to Play the Buried Lie

So you hit that towering approach shot to the green, and you think it may be a little right, but what a great shot.  Then you get to the green, and find it not on the green, not only in the bunker, but plugged in the sand looking like a fried egg.  In soft sand when a ball comes down from a high trajectory, there is a good chance that will be your bad luck.  How do you hit the shot?

Complete Golf ManualAs with all sand shots, open your stance.  This means have your back foot closer to the ball then your front.

  1. Unlike the unplugged sand shot, slightly hood, or close the club face.  This will allow you to explode into the sand with greater force.
  2. Put the ball back in your stance, and keep almost all your weight forward.  All this will cause you to take the flange out of the equation, but because the ball is below the surface of the sand you are not looking for bounce.  You have to go down and get the ball.
  3. Chop down on the ball aggressively.  Hit only a couple of inches behind the ball, and use minimum follow-through on your swing.
  4. Remember the ball will come out with no backspin, so it will hit and roll a greater distance.  Plan for the greater roll.

You may not want to use the sand wedge for this shot, because the flange will not come into play.  Experiment when you practice to find what club gets you out of the sand the best.  In my case, I still like to use a sand wedge, as the greater weight (the sand wedge is probably the heaviest club in your bag) and shorter shaft provide a good combination of control and power into the sand.

 

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