How to Get Out of a Bunker With a Buried Lie

By John Wagner

You can get a variety of lies in a bunker. One of the most challenging is the buried lie. This happens when the ball is buried in the sand. A specific technique is required to get the ball out and onto the green.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Close the club face slightly at address. By closing the club face you make it easier for the club to dig through the sand.
Step 2
Open your stance and dig your feet in. Your feet should be aimed left of the target line. This shot requires a hard swing, so don't be afraid to dig your feet in more than normal.
Step 3
Swing the club back on an upright path. Picking the club straight up creates a steep angle of attack for the downswing. Remember, the club has to dig through the sand, so you have to have a steep angle of attack.
Step 4
Swing hard and hit the sand an inch behind the ball. You are going to have to swing harder than you think to get the ball out.
Step 5
Follow through as much as possible. The club is going to have a hard time getting through the sand, so expect your follow through to be shorter than normal.

Tips & Warnings

Do not try to ease the ball out. You have to swing hard to get out of a buried lie.

About The Author

John Wagner is a certified golf instructor and professional golfer with over eight years of experience. As a certified GolfTEC and Chuck Cook golf instructor, he has given over 3,000 golf lessons. John writes for and has over 40 articles published.

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