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How to hit a lob wedge from a tight lie. Now you may be faced with situations on the course where you’re around the green and you need to lift the ball up very high and get it stopping very quickly but the lie that the ball is on is a very tight one. It’s not inviting, the ball is not setup and it brings a real fear of a thin or a skewed shot into play. So to hit a lob wedge off a tight lie there are a number of different kind of variations in your setup and your technique you can use to actually play an effective shot. The one thing a lot of players get drawn into with the lob wedge is to open the club face up very, very wide. That will increase the amount of bounce on the bottom of the club and it will actually bounce the club up into the ball and make that thin shot a reality.

So you don’t want to be doing that, you’ve got a lob wedge to about 60 degrees of loft, it will lift the ball into the air without extra help. Just get your setup correct and then use a nice confident technique and the ball will lift up. Now the technique in use, if you get your feet and you’re hips slightly open to the target, you’re on the ball to be pretty much in the middle of the stance, your weight to be slightly forward and you’re hands to be slightly ahead of the ball. Try and keep the club face square to the target and then try and get the feeling that you’re skimming the club through the ball. So you’re not digging down, you’re just skimming it along the surface catching the ball right at the bottom of the swing arc and lifting the ball up. There should be a very, very slight bruising of the ground after the ball not a big divot but absolutely no – not no divot at all, you do want to be taking a little bit of the ground after the ball.

So you’re getting setup, weight slightly forward, ball position in the middle, hands ahead, club face nice and square and then get the feeling that you’re skimming the club underneath and through the ball and that will lift the ball up quite nicely and it should allow you to just bruise the ground after the ball, what you don’t want to be doing of a tight lie with a bob wedge is getting the ball any further back in the stance and as you’re trying to strike down on it. If you do get it further back and strike down on the ball it will bounce off the tight lying surface and cause a thin shot which is the last thing you want when you’re around the green, when you need to get up and down in two. So use that technique, skim the club through the ball get it lifting up softly and landing hopefully next to the pin and enabling you to save a par.