Sand Bunker Play

Many golfers feel anxiety when they hit into the sand, they approach the bunker with trepidation and fear.  They avoid the bunker at all costs.

The green side bunker ‘explosion or splash shot’ from the sand is THE EASIEST SHOT IN GOLF !!!   Why?, because we don’t even hit the ball.   We can hit anywhere from 2 or 3 centimeters to 8 or 9 centimeters behind the ball and it will pop out!   We MUST accelerate the club head thru the sand.

We simply open the club face slightly to expose the bounce of the bottom of the club and then stand a little open to square the club face to the intended target.  Then we take the club back on a steeper angle with our foot line creating an out to in swing path.  I like to feel the toe of the club go up and out on the same angle as the loft of the club face outside the target line and parallel with my lower body.   A smooth 3/4 back swing – then use your weight transfer as in a normal pitch shot and accelerate the club head down and thru the sand to a high finish.

If you are turning your hips and moving your lower body weight to the left as in a normal swing and accelerate the club head – the ball will pop right out of the sand and onto the green.