When hitting a pitch shot from here, your goal is to slide the club along the ground through the impact zone, so you want the bottom of the swing to occur slightly behind the ball. Set the handle so it’s upright but slightly behind the ball, and get it back to this position at impact.
BURIED LIE When the ball is sitting down in the rough, you need a steeper swing than you do for a fairway lie to get the club under the ball. To do that, set the handle forward, and return it to this position at impact.
BUNKER LIE Similar to when the ball is in the rough, the handle should be set in a forward position. That should remind you to swing the clubhead down into the sand right behind the ball and continue under it. The more buried the ball is in the bunker, the more the handle should be leaning forward.
PERCHED LIE Sometimes the ball doesn’t settle down in the rough, or it’s on a cut of grass with a little cushion. In those cases, you can pre-set the handle slightly back to catch the ball on the upswing, just like if it were on a tee. If you re-create this position, you’ll hit it high and soft.