How to get out of a Bunker
The sand bunker shot is far easier than we make the shot out to be. This shot should be played like every other shot rather than adopting an open club face/open stance. By doing this you are using the correct loft and bounce as the club is designed. By taking an open face approach you are showing the leading edge to the ball causing a higher tariff shot resulting in many ‘thinned’ shots.
How to get out of a bunker:
Take the appropriate club to clear the lip of the bunker (only open the stance and club face if more loft is required to clear the lip)
Dig your feet in to gauge the depth and consistency of sand
Make the swing length appropriate to the amount of sand needed to take
Strike down on the ball taking sand before impact
Make sure the follow through completes to where you envisaged
Force + Sand = ball out of bunker
Controlling the length is dependent on the above. Remember to commit to the follow through length.
How much sand should I take?
Amount of sand is another constant question asked. In all cases sand must still be taken:
With a bunker that had solid (not much) sand this is to be played like a chip shot. This is down to the fact that the sand will not take anything ‘off’ of the shot and the ball will react the same way as it would do from a very tight lie on a fairway. Therefore the swing will be shorter in length.
On the other hand a bunker with plenty of sand will need a much larger swing to get the club head to travel through the sand (heavy)
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