The Golf Swing

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Sand Play - The Fried Egg

Your ball lands in a green side bunker which is bad enough but when you get to the ball you find that you have a buried lie or as it is commonly called "The Fried Egg". How do you play this shot?

The first thing you need to do is not let it bother you and don't let the situation beat you. You might have trouble getting the ball close to the pin but unless the ball is completely buried you can get it out and on the green.

Here's how I would play the shot.Normally from a green side bunker you would hit the sand wedge, however, in this situation with the buried lie the sand wedge won't work. The large flange on the sand wedge won't allow you to dig deep enough into the sand to get under the ball and pop it out. So I use the pitching wedge instead. The pitching wedge has a much smaller flange which will allow the leading edge of the club to dig into the sand deeper.

The Setup - Keep your stance square to your target line. Don't open your stance as you would on other sand shots. The ball should be centered between your feet. The face of your club should be square to the target line or closed depending on how deeply the ball is buried. Dig in to the sand and get a good firm stance. Your weight should be slightly more towards your front foot.

The Swing - You want to club to enter the sand about 2 inches behind the ball. Your swing back and through the ball should be steeper than normal and your weight should be kept more towards your front foot through the swing. You should feel that the left arm and side are pulling the club down through the sand.

The only variables are that the deeper your ball is buried the more you should close your clubface and the harder you swing. The ball will fly out in a burst of sand and it will roll a long way after it lands because you can't put any backspin on the ball with a buried lie. Therefore, if the pin is cut close to the bunker forget about getting it close. Just be thankful you got the ball out of the bunker and concentrate on sinking the putt. If the pin however is towards the back of the green you stand a good chance of getting the ball close.

4 Comments:

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