The Cock & Pop Swing – Fried Egg Lies

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Although fried eggs sound good on your breakfast table, they are a sad sight out on the golf course.  The fried egg I'm referring to is the plugged lies you occasionally get in bunkers, with a crater of sand surrounding your ball.  They can be hell to get out of with any sort of accuracy and spin.  I want to give you guys some keys behind a common swing technique used in this particular situation that is called the "cock & pop".  With some practice, you should be able to get out of these lies quite handily with little problems.

The Setup

For this swing, we need to create a steep angle of attack into the ball.  This will require you to have your weight resting forward on your front foot (a 70/30 split).  Also, you want to use your normal set for bunker shots, including an open stance, shoulders, hips and clubface.  One other fundamental to this specific technique, is soft, loose hands and wrists.  Tension within your arms and wrist will only limit your ability to perform the proper swing.

The Wrist

The "cock" in this technique refers to the cocking of your wrists deliberately very early in your backswing.  This will create a steepened swing path that will help you to enter the sand right behind the ball.  This is where your soft hands come in… as this move requires relaxed arms.  At impact this steep angle will force the club to dig the ball out of the fried-egg lie and your soft arms should help keep the clubface open, giving you more control over the direction of the final shot.

The Pop

Here is where things get a little tricky. The "pop" in the technique refers to the fact that the club does not follow-through. I repeat, does not follow-through.  The intent of this shot is to bury the club in the sand after hitting the ball, this will transfer all of the club's energy to the ball and sand.  You’ll make a giant hole, but if done correctly the ball should pop up high with little spin.  

The key to performing this shot is the angle of attack coupled with an open clubface and soft hands.

Head out to your range and give this shot a try, I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

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