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Buried Ball or Fried Egg
Trouble Lies Ahead, But Don't Worry, There Is An Easy Solution

A buried bunker lie or a fried egg can be an intimidating shot.Buried Bunker Lies can be Scary

It could be one of the most feared shots in the game of golf. A ball buried in the bunker. Now everything has a degree of difficulty and this is no simple shot, but knowing what to do can make things so much easier on you. Speaking of degree of difficulty, how buried the ball actually is will determine your success which may be somewhat out of your control. A buried lie or fried egg is simply a bad break. That's all it is. In a way, you need to stay calm, accept it and make the best of it. No need to be a hero, just initiate damage control and get the ball out of the trap. That is the get the ball OUT! If you can accomplish that, you've done well. Even if you haven't advanced it far or knocked it up tight to the pin. The only difficulty lies in the fact that it's hard to get backspin and get the ball to stop.

The good news is that recovering from these lies is not as hard as most people think. You don't have to make any crazy adjustments, be that inventive or make magic. You simply need to follow a few simple steps and proceed with confidence. Keep in mind that these are not shots that you will get often, but shots that you should practice so that you will have the confidence to pull them off on the course. Ideally, a ball will roll into a bunker, fly in on a shallow angle or bounce once and land on top of the sand. If things were as they should be, all bunkers would be raked flat so there are no foot prints,mounds or holes in the sand. occasionally, though, you will land in a foot print or your ball may bury. With the steps below, I think you will find that you are more than capable of recovering from a bad lie in a bunker with success.

The Situation:

Your ball has buried in a bunker or you have a fried egg (ball sitting in the middle of a low depression).

The Solution:

Set the club face square or you can even toe it in a bit. You want the leading edge to dig here and catch some sand. Opening the face and utilizing the bounce on the back of the club head will only make you bounce off the sand and not be able to go down after the ball. Play the ball back of the center of your stance and keep your weight forward on your leading leg. This will allow you to hit down with a steep angle of attack and catch some sand between the club face and the ball. The sand will push the ball out of the buried lie. Choke up on the club for better control and to help enter the sand closer to the ball. I recommend feeling like you are leaving the club down in the sand to make sure that you hit down. When you hit down, sand will come up. The ball will come back up with the sand.

Sounds too simple, right? That's because it is!

Maria Palozola

Maria Palozola is a member of the LPGA and has participated in multiple LPGA Tour events. She has provided instruction to thousands of students in the past 20+ years and has won multiple teaching awards from the LPGA, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine including being ranked as one of the top 50 female instructors in the world.

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