Hitting from tight golf lies intimidates some golfers. Tight lies weren’t as common a few years ago as they are now. Now they’re prevalent. They’ll continue to increase as more and more courses look to irrigate less to conserve water and help the environment. Courser superintendents are doing the smart thing. But that doesn’t make hitting from tight golf lies any easier.
If there’s a key to hitting good shots from tight lies, it’s this: make ball first contact—no matter what type of shot you’re hitting. The better you become at making ball first contact, the better your shots from this type of golf lie.
Making solid contact consistently from tight lies will help you boost accuracy and help you break 80. Below are seven golf tips on how to stripe one from a tight lie:
1) Full iron swings: You need a tight swing to make solid contact with a tight golf lie. One key to doing this is to make sure your club’s toe is pointing straight up when the shaft is parallel to the ground during both the backswing and the downswing. These moves boost your swing’s efficiency, require less re-routing of the club, and ensure ball first contact.
2) Downhill shots: Hitting downhill shots is challenging. Like many golfers, you probably align your shoulders with the angle of the slope at address. But you can over do it, which doesn’t encourage solid contact—especially on tight lies. A better way to set up is to make sure your right knee is kicked in a bit at address. This move pre-sets impact. Also, move the ball back a bit and make an easy down-the-slope swing to help maintain balance.
3) Fairway woods: Hitting fairway woods from tight lies is challenging. Even low handicap golfers have trouble with these types of shots. To make solid contact, stay down while your hips turn trough the shot. Many golfers when swinging come up slightly, causing them to mishit. Ideally, you want to feel as if you’re staying on top of the ball when you swing.
4) Approach shots: Ball position is critical on approach shots no matter where you are on the course. When you have a tight golf lie, it’s even more critical. Try positioning the ball farther back to boost your chances of making ball first contact. If you’re a slicer, move the ball back in your stance. Doing so can help eliminate your slice.
5) Chip shots: Many golfers try to scoop the ball when chipping. Unless you catch the ball perfectly, scooping increases your chance of mishitting. Instead, use your putting stroke when chipping and play the ball off the clubface’s toe. That forces you to set up the shaft vertically and eliminates the chances of the club bouncing off the turf. Playing the shot of the toe also deadens contact, which boosts control.
6) Pitch Shots: Weekend golfers tend to let their arms collapse when hitting pitch shots from a tight lie. Instead, maintain the radius of your swing way past impact to hit pinpoint pitch shots. Also, let your front shoulder work away from your chin as much as possible during your downswing. This move keeps your arms elongated and lets the wedge do its job.
7) Lob shots: Getting the clubface under the ball on a tight golf lies is a challenge. To hit a good lob shot from this kind of lie, you need to play the ball back a bit in your stance. Positioning the ball back ensures ball first contact and prevents the clubface from bouncing off the turf. To add height to this shot, open the clubface and aim a tad left on the shot. These moves help you hit the ball high and straight.
Don’t let tight golf lies intimidate you. Hitting from them isn’t as challenging as you might think if you keep these golf tips in mind. The key with these shots is making ball first contact. Do that and you’ll make solid contact consistently, which will help you break 80.