How to Handle Soggy Lies

By Patrick Foley

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Playing in the early morning or after a rainy day can create wet and soft fairways. This can lead to areas where the ball may land and leave you with a soggy, wet lie. Attempting to hit a normal shot can cause you to dig up a lot of mud and not make smooth contact with the ball. Here are a few tips to hitting it solid out of soggy lies.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  1. Put the ball forward. It is very important to put the ball farther up in the stance on this type of shot. When coming to the address, put the ball up toward the big toe of the front foot. Setting up to the ball as on a normal shot would cause an increased chance of digging into the ground and missing the ball. Therefore, it is beneficial to put the ball forward in the stance to pick it clean.
  2. Create a relaxed approach. It is important to attack this shot with a smooth, relaxed swing. If you try to power the ball out of the lie, it may leave you with a shot that travels 10 yards and takes out a foot of dirt. Take a smooth swing as if you are trying to sweep the ball off the ground. This sweeping action will help you to hit the ball flush.
  3. Swing through. It is important to hit through the ball. Don't focus on hitting the back of the ball. Focus on hitting through the ball. Think of it as if it were a fairway bunker shot where you are trying to hit the ball first. Make contact with the ball and sweep over the ground, don't go into the ground. Swinging through the ball on a shot with this type of lie will leave you with a strong, powerful stroke to help get the ball out of trouble.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't put the ball back in the stance.

About the Author

Patrick Foley is a writer from Phoenix, AZ. He is a sports fanatic and loves football, golf, and track. He has been writing for Golf Link for almost a year. He is a college football player at the University of Pennsylvania. He is enrolled in the Wharton Business School.He has have a wide set of skills in writing and marketing.