How to make solid contact when playing a pitch shot from a bare lie
Finding a decent strike off a bare lie is all about creating the perfect angle of attack. Too steep and you present your wedge’s sharper, leading edge to the ground, and with a very clean lie any contact before the ball results in a duff.
But too shallow and the back edge of the sole skips off the hard ground, causing a bladed thin. Use this steep-to-shallow technique that eliminates the bounce thin, while letting you use the forgiving nature of sole bounce to skid the club under the ball. Here’s how the shot works.
Key to remember
Commit to the shot: Add loft
A bare lie is unforgiving, and any hesitancy in your action will be punished. Opening the face to weaken the loft is a neat way to help ensure you stay aggressive and purposeful through impact.
Hitting a pitch from a bare lie: How to feel a steep to shallow swing
Set-up: Pre-set a level attack
Play the ball just forward of centre in your stance. This places it at the base of the swing’s arc, promoting a level attack. Widen your stance a touch to create a slightly shallower base to the swing’s arc and avoid shaft lean.
Backswing: Add some subtle steepness
Let chest rotation lead the club’s motion back; avoid lateral movement or weight shift. Let your wrists cock naturally to give your action an appropriate radius, while adding a little steepness that stops your attack getting too shallow.
Impact: Upright shaft
The perfect attack for this lie sees a subtle release of the club into the back of the ball. A great way to picture this is to return the club to the upright attitude you created at address.
Dead heat strike
You can also think of hands and clubhead, in a race to impact, arriving in a dead heat. These thoughts promote a slight shallowing through impact, ideal for making solid contact