A lay-up shot is when a golfer decides to hit the ball a shorter distance than might normally be expected due to intervening circumstances, such as “laying-up” short of a water hazard. Most often, a lay-up shot is made to avoid hitting the ball into a hazard or to position the ball in a more favorable position on the fairway for the next shot.

Did you know?

The more you think your way around a golf course the better you will score. Avoiding hazards is key to keeping your scores low.


  • Why would I choose to lay up?  If you have to carry a hazard such as water and you have trouble getting the ball over, sometimes it’s best to lay up short of the water to make the next shot easier. It’s not as much fun but it’s often the wiser play.
  • Doesn’t fortune favor the brave?  Unfortunately not so much in golf. Fortune and lower scores normally favor strategic golfers. Test your Swing IQ.