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Penetrable Hardpan Lie

Problem

Your ball lies in hardpan composed of hard-packed sand or dirt such as greenside bunkers where the club can penetrate the sand.

Cure

This kind of hardpan is soft enough to dig your club into to get the ball out. Use a delofted club, such as a pitching wedge or a 9 iron.

Therapy

The ball should be about two inches further back in your stance. You should close the clubface and lean the shaft forwards to help lower the leading edge of the club. You should maintain your spine angle throughout the entire swing. The key to a successful hardpan shot is to allow only a very small wrist cock on the takeaway and to bow your left wrist through impact to help reduce bounce. Contact with the ball and the ground should occur at about the same time.

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