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Golf Types of Shot Lies

Let's talk about terms as they relate to where a player's golf ball may end up on the course.

  • Pin High
  • Plugged Lie
  • Fluffy Lie
  • Fried Egg
  • Flier Lie
  • High Side
  • Low Side
  • Unplayable Lie
  • Free Drop
  • Lift, Clean & Place
  • Play the Ball Down
  • Embedded Ball
  • Lost Ball
  • Cuppy Lie
  • Off the Deck
  • Uphill Lie
  • Downhill Lie
  • Sidehill Lie
  • Lipout
  • Gimme
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Pin High

Pin high means that a golfer's approach shot lands level with the hole.

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Plugged Lie

A plugged lie occurs when a golf ball lands partially below the ground's surface. Depending on the types of rules by which a golfer is playing, he may place the ball on the ground to improve the lie.

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Fluffy Lie

A fluffy lie is defined as a ball sitting in the rough, with long grass surrounding the golf ball. A fluffy like makes it more difficult for the golfer to strike the golf ball cleanly.

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Fried Egg

A fried egg lie occurs when a golf ball lands in the bunker and sits down in the sand, making it difficult for a golfer to hit a good bunker shot. The impact from the ball hitting the sand creates an impression around the golf ball and looks like a fried egg.

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Flier Lie

A flyer lie is identified as a golf ball sitting up on the grass which can cause the ball to travel a greater distance than normal. This is due to the fact that the ball will fly higher in the air at a faster rate and yield a greater overall carry.

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High Side

High side reflects the golf ball's positioning as above the flag stick when lying on the putting green.

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Low Side

Low side reflects the golf ball's positioning as below the flag stick when lying on the putting green.

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Unplayable Lie

An unplayable lie occurs when a golfer is physically unable to hit the ball due to an object like a tree or bush impeding his swing. When faced with an unplayable lie, a golfer can drop his ball within one club length of its original spot

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Free Drop

A free drop takes place when a golfer is allowed to drop his golf ball without incurring a penalty stroke.

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Lift, Clean & Place

Lift, Clean, and Place is a rule that allows a golfer to pick up his/ball to remove any dirt or mud and put the ball at its original resting point. This ruling takes effect when the golf course is wet and muddy.

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Play the Ball Down

Play the ball down means a golfer must hit the golf shot from its original lie without touching or lifting the ball to clean it or improve the lie.

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Embedded Ball

An embedded ball occurs when a golf ball becomes stuck in an object on the course, such as the ground, a tree, or bush. An embedded ball does not incur a penalty stroke, and the golfer must place the ball at the nearest spot of its original resting point.

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Lost Ball

A lost ball occurs when a golfer hits a golf ball and is unable to locate that ball to hit on his next shot.

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Cuppy Lie

A cuppy lie is when the ball is sitting down slightly, usually in a small depression. This type of lie can make it more difficult for a golfer to make solid contact upon striking the golf ball.

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Off the Deck

Hitting a ball off the deck refers to when a golfer hits a driver or fairway wood off the ground without using a tee.

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Uphill Lie

An uphill lie is a slope that angles up, which upon impact, tends to make the golf ball fly higher.

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Downhill Lie

A downhill lie is a slope that angles down, which upon impact, tends to make the golf ball fly lower.

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Sidehill Lie

A sidehill lie is a slope that angles down to the right or left, which upon impact, tends to make the golf ball fly sideways depending on the angle of the slope.

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Lipout

A lipout occurs when a golf ball roles around the side of the hole but does not drop in the cup.

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Gimme

The term gimme is used to express when a golfer does not need to putt the ball in the hole due to its close proximity to the cup, which is usually a matter of inches.

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