Adjusting For Sand Texture Most golfers, even if they are creatures of habit and never venture away from their home course, need to learn to hit from varying sand texture. At some point the sand will get wet, making it more firm than it usually is when it's dry. Wether you play on corse river sand or light, fluffy beach sand, chances are you will not always play from identical texture. Unlike ... continue reading.
Adjusting For Slope in the Sand If you are like most golfers when you get in the sand the main thing you are thinking about is just getting the ball out of the bunker. The second thing you are probably thinking about is getting it to land somewhere (anywhere) on the green. In third place is the set up. How much do you want to open the club face? How deep do you want to dig your feet into the sand? Where do ... continue reading.
Buried Ball or Fried Egg It could be one of the most feared shots in the game of golf. A ball buried in the bunker. Now everything has a degree of difficulty and this is no simple shot, but knowing what to do can make things so much easier on you. Speaking of degree of difficulty, how buried the ball actually is will determine your success which may be somewhat out of your control. A buried lie ... continue reading.
Clearing the Lip in Bunkers Face to Face With the Lip of a Bunker There is sometimes nothing more intimidating on the golf course than staring straight into a deep lip on a bunker. It kind of makes you feel a bit for those PGA Tour pros that face extreme pot hole bunkers over in Scotland and Ireland during the Open Championship. Clearing the lip on a greenside or fairway bunker can be a challenge ... continue reading.
Controlling Distance in the Sand There are many factors that can influence how far your ball flies out of the sand. Some of these include: club face position, foot depth, length of your swing, speed of your swing, texture of the sand and your set up. This article focuses on the set up, namely your ball position, weight distribution and aim. Lets start with aim first. For most bunker shots there is ... continue reading.
Fairway Bunkers Good question..."Are they different?" Do I really need to be writing an article on how to hit out of a fairway bunker? Well according to the number of questions I get on the lesson tee and the number of searches that there are on-line, I'd say the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Because the ball is lying on a different type of surface, should you change your golf swing? ... continue reading.
Greenside Bunker Play As I stated in my main article on bunkers, the word trap is not in the rules of golf. The governing body of golf, the USGA, calls them bunkers. Many feel trapped though, as they really have no idea how to get the ball out! Are you tired of hearing that a shot from the sand is one of the easiest shots in golf? How the pros would rather be in a bunker than in the rough around the ... continue reading.
Hitting From Under the Lip of a Bunker Most of you reading this article are not in love with bunker shots. The majority of you fear them and a small minority of you may be o.k. with them simply because you know you can usually get them out. Very few of you however, if any, have the comfort of a tour pro knowing you can not only get the ball out, but you can control where it lands and how it spins. Bunkers simply ... continue reading.
Open the Clubface in Bunkers The Front Edge Digs While the Back Edge Skids The purpose of the design of a sand wedge is obvious by it's name. It's to get the ball out of bunker with ease. What makes the design of a sand wedge unique is the bounce that's built into the clubhead. The bounce is simply the back edge of the club. Think of this as the "skidder" edge. When you turn the clubface over and and look ... continue reading.