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Escaping from a plugged bunker lie

The right technique to get out of trouble effectively

Posted Aug 27, 2010 by Tips and Techniques

Plugged bunker lie

Plugged bunker lies – one of golf’s most feared shots - can seriously damage your chances of a good score if you don’t know how to play them correctly, and here we take a look at escaping from such a lie without losing momentum on your round.

The normal style shot from a plugged bunker lie would produce a low running escape, but sometimes, the pin is close, you are plugged and you need to get it up, out and stop with little green to work with.

Here, you need to play a risk and reward shot which means that if it comes off you will be close to the pin but if it goes wrong you could find yourself in a whole world of trouble.

Firstly, what you’re trying to do is present the heel part of the club head to the sand as that is sharp and will cut through the sand more effectively. Secondly, make sure your stance is very wide and your hands are very low so you’re getting that sharp part into the sand.

As for the swing, look to keep weight forward, pick the club up quickly with an early wrist break and smash the heel part into the sand. If it comes off, the ball should pop up and leave you with a make-able putt.

Try this next time you are plugged and you may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Good luck!

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