How to Play a Buried Lie in the Bunker.

How to play a buried lie in the bunker.

Today is February 13th, 2018 and we talk about how to play a buried lie in the bunker – Trouble Shot Tuesday #75. Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master professional at the Mel Sole Golf School discusses how to play a buried lie out of a bunker with relative ease!

Most people seem to panic when they see they have a buried lie in the bunker.  Once you have practised this to build confidence in this shot it is not difficult.

The Technique for the buried lie in the bunker.

Start off by digging your feet into the sand. Feel the texture of the sand to know what to expect when you hit this shot.  The softer the sand the harder you have to swing. Soft sand disperses a lot faster than hard sand, which tends to stick together more and thus will project the ball out much quicker and with more velocity.   Hood the clubface at about a 45-degree angle so that the toe of the club hits the sand first.  This will cause a digging motion that will get the clubface under the ball.  The big key here is the grip pressure.  By keeping the grip pressure really soft, the clubface will twist in your hands as it enters the sand, squaring up the clubface.  This allows the ball to come out of the sand directly to the flag. 

If you are playing this shot from a level lie, the ball will come out with very little backspin and will roll out quite a lot.  When the ball is on an upslope, the ball will come out fairly high and will stop in a very short distance.  So head to the practice bunker after watching this video and add another great shot to your golfing repertoire to lower your scores in the future!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

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