Golf Lessons: How to Make Crisp Contact from a Bad Lie
There might not be a worse feeling in golf than walking up to your ball somewhere on the course only to find it sitting in a bad lie. The lie of the ball dictates so much about what kind of shot you can hit that drawing a bad lie is often the cause of a bogey – or worse. Only when you learn the basics of how to make good contact from a poor lie will you be able to get past this challenge and put your ball back in good position for your next shot.
Using the following tips, you should be able to improve your play from bad lies in your next round –
- Take a shorter swing. The focus when playing from a bad lie should be on making good contact at all costs – so try shortening your swing in order to find the center of the club face at impact. While you might not be able to generate quite as much power this way, your odds of making crisp contact will go way up. Make sure you are still using a good shoulder rotation to power the swing while shortening your arm motion during the backswing.
- Choke down on the club. This is another tip that is focused on helping you impact the ball with the sweet spot of the club. Moving your grip just a couple inches down the club makes it far easier to strike the ball solidly, and it makes it less likely that you will hit the shot fat as well. You don’t need to choke far down the club, start with just two or three inches and hit a few practice shots to get comfortable with this adjustment.
- Don’t try for too much. One of the important rules to remember when playing from a bad lie is simply to not try and do too much. There is only so much you are going to be able to get out of shot from a poor lie, and trying for more than that is a recipe for failure. Be realistic about the kind of shot that you try to hit from this lie, and then fully commit to executing the shot you have selected. Being too conservative is much better than being too aggressive and ending up putting your ball in another poor position.