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Bad Lies

A bad lie is any lie that the golfer thinks is not "ideal". An ideal lie or good lie is when the ball would be sitting up with nothing to get between the ball and the clubface such as grass, dirt or sand. A good example would be a "clean" lie in the fairway or in a bunker. Classifying a lie as good or bad depends on the situation. For instance a ball sitting in the rough is never ideal, but one might say it's a good lie if they can get their clubface on it fairly easily. For the purpose of this site a "bad lie" is any lie where the ball is sitting in a depression, in a hazard, buried in a bunker, deep in the rough, behind a tree or anywhere where it is difficult to get clean contact with the ball or make an uninhibited full swing.

Bad Lies Tips

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  • When to Hit Out of Water

    If you have a golf ball that is half way covered with water or less you can make a go at it. Of course this decision should only be made if you are having fun or are in a competitive round and need to pull off this shot to win. This shot is usually best pulled off with a sand wedge. To give it a try, open the clubface at address and swing back on a more vertical plane (steep). I like to imagine I'm blasting a ball out of the sand.

  • Use Enough Loft From the Rough to Get Back in Play

    When faced with a ball in deep rough it is important first and foremost to pick the right club and one with enough loft that you will be able to get the ball back out in play. Gnarly grass will want to grab your clubhead so you should also make an effort to steepen your swing plane. Standing slightly open and making more of an arms swing than a shoulder turn on your takeaway will help you make your plane more upright. Avoid turning around your body with your shoulders on a flat plane.

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