Golf Tips - Dealing With Unusual Lies

By Larry O. Krupp

An unusual lie would be any lie that bothers you, accepting a fairway lie as a comfortable lie. If your ball comes to rest on a tight (barren) lie, a fairway bunker lie, a deep rough lie, a pine straw lie, or anything else you want to avoid hitting before the ball, simply position the ball back in your stance. How far back, you may wonder? Well, if you take a few practice swings beside the ball and notice where the divot is starting, you would want to position the ball just behind that spot. Just one note, you cannot take practice swings in fairway bunkers, and stay well away from the ball in pine straw, as everyone knows, all the pine straw on the face of the earth is connected. You will have to estimate in these situations. And remember, if you position the ball back, it will fly lower and have a tendency to go in the direction of the back foot. So, aim accordingly. *

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