As a former PGA tour winner, I understand the importance of saving even one shot, so we have to make sure that our method for buried lies gives us an opportunity to get the ball up and down.
In a normal sand shot, we're going to play the ball forward and our stance probably even with the left armpit.
We're going to open the club face, we're going to line up slightly left of our target, and then we're going to probably try to take about three quarters an inch of sand with the club traveling very level under the golf bar.
With a buried lie, we have to have a little bit different method.
For this, we're going to treat it a little bit more like a pit shot, so that means that for a buried lie, we're going to play the ball a little bit more towards the middle of the stance.
We're going to square that leading edge up so that we can really get it to dig down, get underneath the golf ball.
Then the last thing is we want to make sure that we simply get the sand out of the bunker.
If we get the sand out of the bunker, the ball will come out of the bunker.
Most people when they get into a buried lie, they come in, they take this huge golf swing, and they lose all control of the swing and of the touch.
With just a little bit better technique, you can hit really good quality golf shots and maintain really good control.
We're going to set up with the golf ball in the center of the stance, we're going to square the golf club, and all we're going to try and do is to just move the sand just out of the bunker.
Just like that.
We just get the sand out of the bunker and the ball comes out very controlled and we've got a chance to get the ball up and down.
As you can see from this angle, it doesn't take a big swing to get this out of the sand and give yourself a pretty good opportunity at an up and down.
Ball in the middle of the stance, club face nice and square, just get the sand out of the bunker.