Many golfers dread having to hit out of green-side bunkers. However with the proper technique and a little practice, bunker shots can less intimidating.
As is the case with all shots in golf, proper fundamentals are key in successful sand shots. In a green-side bunker focus on the following three thoughts:
First, dig your feet in the sand, this will help ensure that the club contacts the sand beneath the ball; this is also a great way to determine the texture and consistency of the bunker.
Second, keep the club-face slightly open allowing the natural bounce of the club to slide through the sand. If the ball is slightly buried, square the club-face allowing the leading edge of the club to dig the ball out of the bunker.
Third, be sure to always make a full swing. The displacement of sand from the bunker will get the ball up and out. Increasing or decreasing the speed of your full swing in the bunker will be a good way to control the distance of the shot.
The following bunker play drills will give all golfers more confidence.
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