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Splash refers to the indentation a player makes in the sand with their clubhead when they are hitting a bunker shot. The smaller the splash a player makes the further the ball will come out and the more spin it will have. The deeper or bigger the splash the shorter the ball will come out and it will tend to have less backspin.

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Splash Tips

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  • Keep Left When in the Sand

    For all bunker shots keep your weight on your front foot. When you back up or fall backwards during the swing you will bottom out too soon and get your club head stuck in the sand. Do this in moderation though, because the more you lean forward, the more you will dig and that will cause the ball may come out shorter. Just remember you don't want all your weight on your back foot at impact.

  • Strike Close for More Spin

    For sand shots, to control the distance of your shot and the spin on the ball, you can alter how close to the ball you enter the sand. The closer you hit to the ball and the less sand you take, the more spin you will get and the further the ball will fly. The more sand you take and the further you hit behind the ball, the less the ball will fly and the more the ball will release on the green.

  • Play the Ball Forward

    When hitting out of the sand play the ball forward of the center of your stance to catch it on the up swing. Catching the ball on the up swing results in a shallower angle of attack which will help prevent digging. If you play it back and catch it too much on the downswing you will actually push the ball down into the sand. This holds true for both greenside and fairway bunker shots.

  • Square Up For Firm Sand

    When you are in a greenside bunker and the sand is firm set your club face more square. Setting it open will use too much of the bounce on the back of the clubhead. This can cause you to bounce off of the sand and skull shots over the green. If the sand is really hard or wet, you will need a little more dig. You might want even want to use a pitching wedge or lob wedge to cut down on the bounce and be safe.

  • Make Shallow Dollar Bills

    When you are in a greenside bunker make a splash that is shallow and about the size of a dollar bill. It should feel like you are smacking the sand with the back of the clubhead and then coming right out. If your splash feels heavy or digs down too much, you are taking too deep of a splash. To practice this try putting a tee in the sand with just the top of it showing. Then hit balls trying to pick the ball off the top of the tee. This will get you out of digging and teach you to make a shallow splash.

  • Foot Depth Affects Distance

    When you are in the sand the depth of your stance will directly affect your distance. If you want to take more sand, dig your feet down deeper. This will force your club into the sand behind the ball (similar to hitting a fat shot off of the grass). If you want to take less sand feel like you are standing more on top of the sand. This will allow the ball to travel further.

  • Open Your Face to Prevent Digging

    When your ball lands in a greenside bunker, open your club face to use the bounce on the bottom of the club. The bounce is the back edge of the club. When you use the bounce it will prevent digging and help you skid through the sand. If you enter the sand with the leading edge of the club head it will dig and cause your club to get stuck in the sand. The result is a ball that doesn't come out of the sand or comes out short with little backspin.

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