The truth about lies

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​One thing that stands out quite glaringly among ‘the weekend golfer’ is their inattention to how their ball is actually sitting, whether it is on the fairway, rough or even greenside.

  • 25 March 2015
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​These players will, more often than not, have their club of choice out of the bag before they have even taken care to survey how the ball is sitting.

On the course, pay close attention to how your ball is sitting when considering shot selection. Be pragmatic as greed and denial are the enemy in most situations. More often than not, think boring rather than brash.

When practicing, test yourself by hitting from an equal number of poor (and maybe a few ‘rotten’) and good lies. This takes discipline as it is less gratifying hitting from these lies as results will perhaps be more sporadic. This fact alone should be enough to prove that it is good for your game.

Some useful thoughts:

Grass growing against: Hit harder, the ball won’t travel as far

Wet/compact greenside bunker: Hit down and hit hard

Wet/muddy lie: Treat as a fairway bunker and try to gather the ball with no surface contact

Downhill lie: Swing ‘with the slope’ to strike clean. Ball will come out lower than usual and carry less

GOLFNET TIP: Categorise your lies from 1 to 3 - 1 being ‘poor’, 2 being ‘fair’ and 3 being ‘perfect’.

PHOTO : Padriag Harrington checks his lie during the Ryder Cup in 2006 at the K Club. Photo by Golffile.

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