Playing the Ball Back in Your Stance
When faced with a tight lie, Butch advises players to position the ball further back in their stance. By doing so, you can ensure cleaner contact with the ball and avoid hitting the ground before making contact. Additionally, he recommends keeping your hands ahead of the ball to promote a downward strike and prevent the club from bouncing off the hard surface.
Adjusting the Shaft Angle
To further optimize your shot from a tight lie, Butch suggests adjusting the shaft angle. He recommends making the shaft more vertical, which allows the toe of the club to rest on the ground. This setup helps to prevent the club from digging into the ground and allows for a cleaner strike on the ball.
Weight Forward and Chip Tightly
Butch emphasizes the importance of having your weight forward and chipping tightly around the grain when dealing with a tight lie. By shifting your weight towards the target and keeping it forward throughout the shot, you can maintain control and accuracy. Chipping tightly around the grain refers to the direction in which the grass is growing. By following the grain, you can ensure a smoother roll and avoid any unexpected bounces or deviations.
One of the key aspects Butch highlights is the importance of good posture and address when facing a tight lie. He advises golfers to keep their chin up, as lifting the chin helps to straighten the spine and create more room for a proper turn. On the other hand, hunching over with a chin down can restrict your ability to make a full and effective turn.