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Okay. So I want to talk about how to play shots of Tight Lies. A tight lie is a ball that sat on the ground with very, very little grass underneath, so it could be a little bit of – a bit of mud, a bit of soil and it’s always very, very compact, so it’s a very, very tight lie. There are two sorts of shots in the game of golf that we’re going to talk to talk about. The first one is the short game which incorporates making a pitching wedge or a sun wedge, at least you’ve got a tight lie around the grid, it’s difficult enough to play the golf shot and try to get the ball over the bunker and land it softly. But to have a tight lie just adds another sort of negative there, so how do we go about playing it? The most important thing is the set up, we move the ball position further back in the set up than what we would normally do, because what we want to do which we want it ideally just to deliver the club, nip the bottom of the ball and then the ground the club will then take the ball and throw the ball in the air. If we were to play the ball in a normal position, the chances are that the clubs could come and hit the ground first and it gets to bounce, as it bounces back up it will tend to send the ball which is where the ball goes low, I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of doing that every now and then.

So the first thing for you is to put the ball position back into the set up, put the weight on the left hand side 60:40, keep your hands forward and from this position take the club back, I’ve hit down, the ball has gone nice and high, nice golf shots and also you’ve got – on that’s the shot game to the sand wedge position. You’ve also got the option of changing the balance of the golf club, so when you look in your bag you may well have a 60 degree and 56 degree sand wedge leverage. But look at the balance, if you’ve got a tight lie then you want to play this with something that has got a low balance like a – something like a 6 degree or 8 degree balance rather than the conventional sort of 12 degree balance which is a sand wedge. So if you can think, okay I’ve only got one sand wedge, ball back hands forward as we just demonstrated. But if you’ve got a nice lofty club, low aloof low balance rather then play that, but again same position you’re still getting the ball back in the stand so you’re hitting down and through. So that’s the short game tackle. When we play a conventional golf shot say a nice mid-irons say seven or six irons, is exactly the same really but this time we haven’t got balance to start changing golf clubs. So here I have, now I’ve got a favine in my hand I’ve got a margin, a nice tight lie hitting a five irons run about 200 yards, it’s difficult, avoiding the trees, the bunkers to having a bare lie, the normal ball position which we have the ball position just inside my left heel hitting into the back of the ball through and up as it’s a bare lie, I’m going to put the ball just a little bit more central, just a little bit more further back again concentrating on getting the ball than turf.

So from here I’m going to get myself set up, keep the weight slightly 60:40 and I’m going to concentrate from here just swinging more at the three quarter length back swing from here and then down and through the golf shot. So I’m concentrating on actually like sort of long sort of punch golf shot. So pull your ball back in your set up for these tight lies, you’ve now got a knowledge for the short game and the long game and that’s all you have to do. A little bit of practice, the main thing is just move that ball position further back than what you would have had and keep your hands forward. That’s how you play off nice tight lies.