Tip From the Archives

Hardpan Lie


You need to pick the ball up cleanly off of the surface of the hardpan.


Avoid hitting hard or topping the ball. Limit your wrist cock by using a firm left wrist with your right arm leading the swing.


Take a pitching wedge, limit your knee flex by standing taller than normal with a narrower stance, and bend at the waist. Make a three quarter swing with stiff wrists and allow the right arm to lead the swing though impact.

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Brian Cox | 9 years ago, at the end of January

Whenever possible, I try to use a less lofted club off of hardpan. It's too easy to blade the shot with wedges, and the expectation of extra distance from a 6 or 7 iron will reinforce the idea of an easier, controlled swing.

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