“You can’t avoid it all week long,” said Reis.
To hit the ball with any distance out of a thick lie, you have to make a descending blow and generate more clubhead speed, says Reis. Lu, like many golfers, was trying to sweep the ball out of the grass.
“You have to speed the club up more than you do from a normal lie,” said Reis. “To do that, you must maintain your wrist angles [hinge] longer on the downswing. Feel like your thumbs remain putting upward [toward the sky] longer, and hit down on the ball. Most people try and get speed by throwing their shoulders at the ball and that’s bad.”