How to Hit a Buried Lie Golf Bunker Shot

By Mike McGetrick

How to Hit Out of a Buried Lie

Most of you that have played golf at one time or another have been faced with the buried lie or fried egg. It is a tough situations and sometimes it is just bad luck, but instead of panicking over that shot I want to give you the technique for how to get the ball out of the bunker number one, and sometimes even get it close. It is really in the technique. Anytime the ball is buried or you get that fried egg what you want to do is take your sand wedge or your lob wedge, whatever one you use, you can open the club up slightly, but the key is to position the ball back in your stance.

  • I am going to put the ball back by my right foot.
  • I am going to put a majority of my weight on my left foot here so I am leaning forward.
  • On the backstroke I am going to hinge the club and pick it up more vertically so that I can go more vertically down into the sand to pop the ball up.
  • The key to this shot is getting the ball back, getting your weight left and the key is that your weight starts left, it stays left and it finished left.
  • What most golfers do is they try to help the ball out and they fall backwards, they swing up on it and they leave it in the bunker.
  • I am going to open my clubface just slightly, if you have a longer shot I recommend having the clubface square, digging your feet in with the ball back, putting my weight left, and I am just going to keep it there.
  • I am then going to lift my arms up, hit down into the shot.

If you look when I finished all my weight stayed left. If you can practice these techniques next time you are faced with the friend egg you are going to get up there and be successful hitting this shot. Not only getting it out of the bunker but hopefully getting it close to the hole.

About the Instructor

Mike McGetrick
Mike McGetrick
McGetrick Golf Academy
4900 Himalaya Road, Building Q
Denver, CO 80249
Tel: 303-799-0870