How to Hit Bunker Shots With a Bad Lie

By David Glenz

Tricky Bunker Shots

From the basic bunker swing, we talked about the positioning of a golf ball and the bounce on the club. Here we have a couple of situations that unfortunately you are probably going to find yourself in once in a while and I want to show you how to get out of: the “Fried Egg Lie” and a “Buried Lie.”

The Fried Egg

What we want to do here is alter the center positioning by moving the ball back more to center for the “Fried Egg” and actually taking the club and leaning the shaft forward to reduce the bounce on the club. What this will allow the club to do is to dig into the sand a little more. This ball is going to come out a little lower and tend to roll a little more. So the ball would be positioned more at center, weight slightly left, a little bit of lean to the shaft and this will allow the club to dig underneath the ball as I swing. If anything you almost have to make a little easier swing to allow for the ball to roll.

The Buried Lie

Now as we get to the “Buried Lie,” we are going to adjust even a little further. We are going to move the ball a little back of center, put more weight on the front foot, put more lean to the golf club, and that way we will get a steeper swing to the club and a little more digging action. Now again, you don’t have to swing hard here, that’s why I’m going to demonstrate this just swinging right hand only. We are just going to let the club swing up and down and create a little deeper digging action and the ball just pops right out with the sand, again it’s going to tend to roll more out of a “Buried Lie” than the “Fried Egg.” Allow for that rolling action, and again, don’t swing too hard. Control the action of the club through the sand.


Category: Bunker Play
Sub Categories: Bad Lies, Ball Position, Posture

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