David Leadbetter: How to escape a plugged lie

Anybody can beat a plugged lie--just follow these keys.

Released on 8/12/2014

Credits

Starring: David Leadbetter

Transcript

00:04
So, here we are, a nasty lie.
00:05
We're buried, but not dead, OK.
00:07
Maybe life support, but not dead.
00:09
So, it's a tricky shot, certainly,
00:11
and, you know, when you have this sort of situation,
00:13
you've just got to take it, you know,
00:15
take the rough with the smooth, so to speak,
00:17
and the most important thing's to get the ball
00:19
out onto the green.
00:20
Now, very quickly, to get the ball out,
00:22
I mean, a lot of people say, my goodness,
00:24
I don't think I can play this shot, but you can.
00:26
The big key, really, here, is that you wanna
00:28
have the face a little closed.
00:29
This is the way that most people need to play this,
00:31
because as you make contact with the sand,
00:34
the club face will then open
00:35
and then send the ball out onto the green, hopefully.
00:38
You need to allow for a little bit of run, though,
00:40
so it's gonna run, but, to say,
00:41
get out on the green and, hey, if it gets close,
00:44
that's lucky, but make sure you're on the putting surface.
00:47
OK, so, get the ball about in the middle of your stance,
00:50
stand just a little bit open,
00:52
you would, normally, with a bunker shot,
00:53
maybe not quite as open as normal, OK?
00:55
Close the face slightly and feel like
00:57
you're taking it outside.
00:58
Take it outside the line and get pretty steep on the ball.
01:02
And then really just stick the club in the sand,
01:03
there's very little follow-through on this shot.
01:05
So let's see how we do.
01:07
So, maybe a fraction more weight left as well,
01:09
that'll help the cause, so,
01:11
club face a little bit closed, pick it up.
01:16
So, remember: close the face, pick it up slightly outside,
01:21
make sure you dig down, take some sand,
01:23
and a nice, short follow-through.
01:25
If you can do that, they'll cancel the funeral.
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