A fried-egg lie happens when the ball lands in a bunker and stays in the middle of the small crater that was created at impact. This is in contrast to what usually happens, where the ball hits the sand and rolls a little distance from the original point of impact, giving you a nice lie.
The fact that the ball sits lower and is surrounded by a ring of sand adds to the difficulty of the shot, versus your typical bunker shot.
Use the tips below to get out of a fried-egg bunker lie every time. Note that tips for this shot are slightly different than they are for a plugged bunker shot.
Ball sits lower than normal and is bordered by an outer ring of sand
Clubface Square to the Target; Not Open
Setting up with a clubface square to target will reduce the bounce of the club slightly, allowing for the clubface to dig into the ground a little.
Tighten your Grip More Than Usual
Sand is heavy and you want to make sure the club doesn’t rotate inside your hands as it travels towards the ball through the sand.
Aim Outside of the Ring of Sand
Because that sand is higher than the ball, hitting it first will bring in the risk of hitting the ball thin.
Instead, make sure to penetrate the sand with your club on the outside of that ring, or at around 3 inches behind the ball.
Go for a Steeper Swing
In order to do so, bring your hands and club up vertically during the takeaway and backswing, more so than you normally would.
Leave the Club Buried in the Sand at Follow Through
However, because of the sizable amount of sand that your club will travel through don’t be surprised if your club stays buried instead of coming out and allowing for a full follow through.
Actually, aim to bury the club in the ground but make sure to accelerate into impact.
Aim Short of the Hole; Ball Will Roll Some Distance
As is true for a plugged bunker lie expect the ball to roll some distance upon landing on the green. This is in contrast to the ball checking on the surface of the green or even spinning back that you may see in some bunker shots.
As a result, aim short of the pin if you can.
Other Elements, Borrowed from the Typical Bunker Setup
- Use a sand wedge
- Grip down on the club slightly,
- Open your stance,
- Widen your stance, and
- Position the ball slightly forward in your stance