you're faced with a difficult bunker lie, particularly a "fried egg,"
use the sand to your advantage.
PGA professional David Hutsell, 2011 PGA of America Player
of the Year and golf professional at Woodholme Country Club in Pikesville, Md., said the key to
having confidence when facing a shot where you have a buried lie is how you
angle the face of your sand wedge for the shot.
With a typical sand shot, most
amateurs are taught to open the club face and use the bounce of the edge to
sweep under the ball, which pops it up and out. But when you have a
buried lie, Hutsell says do the opposite: close down the face instead.
"The most important thing
with this shot is to be aggressive," said Hutsell, winner of the 2011 PGA
Professional National Championship. "What I do for this shot is to close
the blade of the club here a little bit, because I want this club to dig into
the sand more than normal."
Hutsell said put the ball back
in your stance a little bit, close the face and swing aggressively, hitting
into the sand behind the ball. What should happen is the club will dig
into the sand instead of sliding through it -- and the sand you dislodge will
carry the ball out cleanly.
It's a swing you should
definitely work on in the practice bunkers at your home course or driving range
before you try it on the course. That way you can determine the angle of
the club face you're comfortable with and the correct distance behind the ball
you'll need to hit so you can play the "fried egg" shot with