This might be due to dry weather conditions or a dried out puddle on the fairway that has prevented the grass from growing. If ever you play a classic links course (like St Andrews) especially in the summer, you’ll experience plenty of bare / tight lies!
Watch the short video below where I point out some simple set up adjustments to help you hit solid golf shots from bare / tight lies:
Tight Lie Video Summary
- Bare/tight lies can be daunting and many golfers feel like they are going to thin or top the golf ball. As a result, the tendency is to try and scoop the ball in the air – which actually increases the chance of a fat or thin shot.
- To promote a solid contact on a bare/tight lie, play the golf ball slightly back of centre in your stance – about an inch or two from center.
- Move your hands closer to your front leg (so they are well ahead of the ball). You should also place a bit more weight on your front leg (the left side for the right handed golfer). This will to encourage you to hit down on the golf ball – taking the ball first before striking the ground.