Tip From the Archives
Hitting the Hardpan
An uncontrolled swing from a hardpan lie causes you to slice, hook, or hit the hardpan instead of the ball.
Use a club with more loft to make it easier to hit the ball into the air from a hardpan lie. If you are going for a short shot, then use your pitching wedge instead of your sand wedge for less bounce. Trying too hard to scoop the ball up into the air is will cause you to hit the hardpan first, instead of the ball.
For improved contact, limit your lateral and vertical movements to help keep your head stable throughout the swing. The deeper the ball is buried into the hardpan, the taller you will need to stand with the ball even further towards your back foot. Take a narrow stance and keep your forward wrist straight during the downswing. Remember to keep your hands ahead of the ball at all times and be sure to complete your follow through.