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.
Some shots are downright scary. What turns your knuckles as white as your golf glove? My guess is that you fear shots that force you to clear greenside obstacles and carry the ball onto the putting surface — say a flop shot over water or a chip over a bunker. Those two intimidating shots were near the top of a “least-wanted” list I created a few years back after I surveyed hundreds of golfers for my book .
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.