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Tip no. 22 - Playing from Plugged Lies
with Pachesham Golf Academy

When your ball is lying partly buried in its own pitchmark, it is said to be 'plugged'. Local rules, particulary when courses are very wet, will often allow a free drop from a plugged lie, but otherwise you'll have to play the ball as it lies. OK, you've been unlucky - now, make the best of things by following these simple tips.

Please note: all lessons refer to right-handed golfers

To play a 'plugged' ball:
• Select a lofted club such as a pitching wedge or 9 iron
• Grip the club firmly but in the normal grip position
• Play the ball position back in your stance with hands slightly forward, ahead of the ball position
• Play a three quarter length swing to 'punch' the ball forward.
The key points to remember are:
• Take a lofted club, grip it firmly and play the ball back in your stance
• Keep your weight on the left side throughout the swing, hitting down into the ball with a restricted 'punch' follow through.


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