After getting a new set of Callaway X Forged Irons with flighted shafts I've noticed that I am hitting the ball a lot higher. This has put me in situations in green side bunkers that I never used to experience: "The Buried Lie."
This is one of the most feared shots in all of golf by the amateur. Why? Because it looks so intimidating when you can barely see you ball, but it doesn't need to be that way. You will be hitting great shots and impressing your friends when you follow these steps!
Let's say that you just don't have a "fried egg" (where 50% of the ball is buried) but only the very top of the ball is visible.
What do you do? Follow these steps and you'll be able to hit any lie that you have in a bunker.
Here's what you do:
At the practice bunker stomp a few balls almost completely submerged (make sure you can only see a little of the ball. This will give you so much confidence because this only happens in a small percentage of sand play. Focus on keeping your club face closed throughout your swing....I can't stress this enough!
Putting it all together in the bunker: Normal bunker shot: square to slightly open clubface, evenly balanced weight or weight on back foot, steep/vertical backswing (lead with your left arm and keep your right elbow "locked" to its side), keep your entire lower body still - no weight shifting until you hit the sand.
Buried lie in bunker: slightly closed clubface, forward press your hand a little, majority of your weight on your front foot, steep/vertical backswing (lead with your left arm and keep your right elbow "locked" to its side), keep your entire lower body still.