Instruction

Escape From Buried Lies

Photo: Angus Murray
THE SITUATION

Your ball is three-quarters buried in loose sand toward the upper part of a steep lip. Even taking a stance won't be easy. You'll have no trouble swinging the club back, but deep sand and the overhanging lip will severely limit your follow-through.

THE SILVER LINING

Realistically, you can't do much more to the ball than dislodge it. But guess what? That's about all you have to do! In fact, you're free to commit the most common bunker error of all time and quit on the shot. More good news? You get to make a violent, no-finish swing and pound that stupid bunker!

There's no need to turn your right arm over your left after impact, because any follow-through will be minimal.

Be sure to keep most of your weight on your left side.

Anchor your back foor by digging it deeper into the sand than your front foot.

Your clubhead should literally burrow into the sand beneath the ball.

For nasty buried lies, your best bet is to go pound sand!

HOW TO BE A QUITTER

  • Dig your back foot deeper in the sand than your front. Use whichever of your wedges has the most bounce and open the blade just a bit at address.

  • Make a full backswing, then slam the club powerfully into the sand an inch or two behind and beneath your ball as if you're trying to bury the clubhead. Accelerate all the way into the sand.

  • Don't expect any followthrough, just a soft rebound effect as your club emerges lazily from the sand. Meanwhile your ball and a half-cup of sand are already crossing the bunker lip on their way to the green.



WHY IT WORKS

The difference between this shot and one where you unintentionally "quit" on it is that, in this instance, you are accelerating the clubhead, not decelerating it. As a result, you can still displace the sand and the ball on an almost vertical trajectory.

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