How to turn this awkward lie into an easy par
nfortunately, golf isn’t always fair. Sometimes you hit a good shot into a green, but the ball releases and nestles up against the higher grass surrounding the fringe. Now what do you do? First, don’t freak out. This shot is not as tough as it looks. Follow these steps to get your ball up and down using what we call the bellied wedge.
Take your sand wedge and grip it like you do your putter. When you swing, your goal is to strike the belly of the ball with the leading edge of the clubface. That will get the ball rolling like you putted it.
At address, hold the shaft more upright than normal, with the club’s heel higher than the toe. This will help the clubhead slide through the longer grass without getting stuck or twisting shut.
As you get ready to swing, the leading edge should rest on the tips of the tallest blades of grass, in line with the ball’s equator. This pre-sets the club on a clear path back and through.
Swing the club smoothly, keeping your follow-through short. The ball will come off with a lot of overspin, so a soft stroke will produce plenty of roll. If you allow for that, it’s a very predictable shot.