Don’t Blow a Lucky Lie

Swing qui­etly from the first cut

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

ou miss the fair­way by a me­tre or two and find your­self with a perched lie in the first cut. Sweet, right?You feel like you could launch a driver off that lie.The chal­lenge is that if you take your nor­mal swing, you risk slid­ing un­der the ball and mak­ing con­tact on the top part of the club­face.There’s no power there. You get kind of a sick­en­ing, hol­low im­pact, and the ball comes out with no zip.

The rea­son that hap­pens is, when you drive your legs on the down­swing, it causes the club­head to move down into the turf.That’s great when

Yyou have a nor­mal lie, but when the ball is fluffed up, you have to make a few ad­just­ments.

First, stand taller at ad­dress and hold the club­head up at the level of the ball (in­set, left).Take your nor­mal back­swing, then make a qui­eter shift with your lower body as you start down. Stay tall through the strike and get the sen­sa­tion that your arms swing past you (be­low).You want to make more of a sweep­ing mo­tion to de­liver the cen­tre of the club­face to the ball. I know it goes against what you’ve been told – hit down and through – but this is a spe­cial case.

Get it right,and you can use about any club from this lie,even the driver. Just re­mem­ber, stand tall and keep your legs quiet. Butch Har­mon BUTCH’S BASICS

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