I'm going to give you a tip on one of the difficult lies that you'll find on a golf course. I'm on hardpan here. There's no grass, the ground is tightly compacted, it's a difficult shot. Most people would have a tendency to hit this shot either fat or thin, and the reason is they don't have the proper approach with the club coming down into the ball.
Hitting Hardpan Lies Fat or Thin
If your golf club comes into the ball on too shallow of an angle where it's too close to the ground, too far back behind the ball, if you hit the ground you'll hit it fat, if you miss the ground you catch it on the upswing and hit it thin. This shot needs to be played very similar to a fairway bunker shot, you have to be hitting down a little bit. In order to do that you're going to put the ball just a little further back in your stance, you're going to put your hands just a little forward, and you want to take a little bit of a slice swing.
Proper Technique to Hit Out of Hardpan Lies
So when I swing the golf club back I'm going to take it just a little bit outside of my normal path of swing, this will give me more of a downward approach and help to insure that I contact the ball first, and then the ground. Now by doing that, I've got to aim just a little to the left because I'm going to play just a little of a cut off of this lie.
This shot is one that you have to make sure that if you are wearing soft spikes, you don't slip on because there's nothing for your feet to grab in to. Ball back a little, club a little bit outside going back. Now I'm going to kind of hit a little bit of a cut shot to give me more of a descending blow down into the ball and get it off that hard lie. This shot is going to help you when you get into a tuff situation.