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How to Escape from a Buried Lie in Sand

Hitting from buried lie seems hard, but it doesn't have to be. There are two ways to get out from this lie.

1) Using square face

Set up with square face instead of open face like regular bunker shots. You want to line up your feet and shoulders parallel to the target line as well.

Aim at 2 inches behind the ball and swing down with a descending blow. Take no follow through.

Also, because the ball is buried, you need to take deeper divot than usual to get the ball out.

You are going to have to swing harder than normal as well.

With this shot, the ball will come off low and running.

2) Using open face

This method uses open face like regular bunker shots.

Set up like regular bunker shots (Please see How to Hit a Bunker Shots) but put the ball in the center of your stance.

Swing the sand wedge with a descending blow. It won't be a slight descending blow. Because your ball is buried deep in the sand, you need to enter your clubhead in an acute angle to the sand.

The open face at address will make it harder to dig into the sand, so you need to swing much harder than normal to apply extra force.

From this lie, you won't be able to swing through the sand, so forget about follow through.

The ball will fly higher than the first method. But the ball still doesn't have much spin so it rolls after it hits the green.

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