Flyer Lies

Control your mid iron distance

Your mid irons should be scoring irons just like your short irons are. Even though you are approaching the green from slightly farther out you should still be able to control the distance with a reasonable amount of accuracy. Controling the distance a golf ball flies through the air is a major component of good scoring. To help figure out what mid iron you should hit you have to evaluate the conditions that your ball lies in.

If you are in the middle of the fairway you shouldn't have much to worry about. Your shot should fly as far as you usually hit it. If you are in the rough it may be a different story. Most people think that the rough will cause the ball to fly a shorter distance and this is normally true. The thicker the rough the harder it is to make solid contact with the ball. There are a few instances where this isn't true though and this condition is called the "flyer" lie. Grass or even a little bit of water from dew on the grass can get between your ball and the clubface. This will cause the ball to spin a little bit less because the grooves on your club are not able to impart the usual amount of spin. The ball will come out at a lower trajectory but the same amount of force. This discreased trajectory will add some distance to the shot.

If you are having trouble with flyer lies here are a few things you can do to hit it closer to the pin.

- Take one less club than normal. The added distance will balance out with the shorter length club and you will hit it the right distance.

- Grip down about 2 inches on the club. The shortened club will generate a little bit less clubhead speed, helping you to control the distance that you hit the shot.

Just remember flyer lies are not usually in deep rough. The light rough or slightly wet conditions are what produces a flyer lie. Now that you know why you hit the ball long sometimes you'll be able to spot a flyer lie and compensate for it.

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