The greenside bunker is something that the average club golfer fears and can often be heard barking at the ball as it heads towards the sand, ordering it to stay out of the trap.
However, many Tour Professionals actually prefer to be on the beach than in the rough around the green. When you watch them hit these lovely high, soft shots out of the sand you can see why.
Here are some tips that will help you to replicate these shots and take away any fear you have of hitting the bunkers.
•The main focus you should have when preparing for your shot is to look at the bounce on your wedge – concentrate on making that work correctly, ensure the higher end of the club, the sole, hits the sand first and slices through the giving you the correct strike and control
•Get this the wrong way round with the club face digging into the ground first and you will sacrifice both distance and control, ending with the ball still in the bunker or hanging on the lip
•Play the ball towards your front heel
•Open the club face before you grip the club
•Bury both feet into the sand to give you a solid base
•Aim to the left of your target
•Concentrate on getting that sole into the ground first, squashing the sand and lifting the ball high on a cushion of sand
•Complete a full follow through to ensure a clean strike, don’t stop at the ball.
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