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Buried Lie

A buried lie is when the golf ball is plugged either in a bunker or on any other part of the course. A buried ball may also be considered "embedded". Usually a good portion of the ball (1/4-1/2) is plugged into the ground. For balls outside of a bunker the embedded ball rule is usually in effect and the player will get relief. For that reason when you read "buried lie" on this site it mostly pertains to a ball buried in a bunker, unless we are talking about a ball buried in the rough.

Buried Lie 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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