How to Hit Golf Ball on a Bad Lie

by Teresa Justine Kelly

    This article is one of our editor's top picks this month.

    There is nothing more frustrating than to hit an excellent tee shot, only to have your ball land on a difficult lie. A bad lie requires a different approach in order to get the ball back on track. Here are a few guidelines that you can follow to rescue your shot out of a bad lie.

    Club angle

    Items you will need

    • Pitching wedge

    Step 1

    Attack the ball using a steeper angle on your club. This swing produces the right kind of ball striking where you hit the ball first, then the turf, which in turn produces backspin and control.

    Step 2

    Hinge your wrists more in your back swing than you would if your ball landed on a good lie and place your hands ahead of the ball at impact.

    Step 3

    Hold your club firmly to get the ball out of the rough and to prevent your club from twisting in your hands at impact.

    Step 4

    Place 60 percent of your weight on your front foot to encourage a steeper angle of attack.

    Step 5

    Maintain a good tempo in your back swing and follow-through.

    Step 6

    Shorten your follow-through.


    • The steeper angle of attack will result in the ball traveling with more roll and less spin.


    • Do not chop at the ball. Rhythm and tempo are important to getting your ball successfully out of a bad lie.

    About the Author

    Teresa Kelly graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She was an editor for seven years for several magazines and publishing houses. Kelly is an avid golfer, a well-known children's book and golf author, and is currently the president of Highview Press/Golfing Lady that produces all occasion golf greeting cards.

    Photo Credits

    • In the Rough image by Vanessa van Rensburg from

    Copyright 2017 Golfsmith International, Inc. All rights reserved.