From such a lie there are two optimal shots (or swings) to consider: Take a look at the photo below which captures the final shot of a 60-ball practice session at Augusta National with Mr. Short Game himself Phil Mickelson.
Spend 15 minutes on the practice green once a week rolling putts from 40 50 and 60 feet (common first-putt distances among mid-handicappers). Hit three balls from each length getting a feel for how big each chip-putt motion should be in order to lag all nine putts within that imaginary circle.
Tense muscles only rob you of your natural feel and swing speed so I recommend the opposite approach. Try executing this shot with your body completely relaxed. Your grip pressure should be light—about a “6” on a scale of 1 to 10. And as you swing into impact move your hands arms and lower body in unison. The big mistake?
For consistency on this shot you need a very level golf swing and the ball positioned just past the bottom of your swing arc. The key is to pick the ball with solid contact without disturbing the turf beneath it.
Understanding the parameters of a problem is the first step in turning a weakness in your game into a strength so let’s define what we mean by tight lie. My definition of a tight lie is when the golf ball is sitting with an eighth of an inch or less space beneath it on a surface so firm you can’t take a normal divot.