A Line In The Sand
A drill to boost your bunker consistency
There are a few essential aspects to hitting successful bunker shots: open the clubface (before you take your grip, not after); create a wide base and favour your left foot with your weight by “punching” into your left knee; use the bounce on the sole of the clubhead to prevent it digging in. What I want to focus on here is the entry point to the sand. I bet lots of you reading this think you enter the sand far enough ahead of the ball; in fact, lots of you will enter it too close to the ball. There might also be a few who enter it too far away – and possibly too steeply. So I want you to remember this visual “impact” test: Put a rake or a club shaft in a practise bunker three inches behind the ball and step on it to make an impression in the sand (A). Now I want you to practise splashing the ball out using the fundamentals I mentioned at the start, but crucially by entering the sand at the first line you’ve made (B). Do that with a positive action (see the note tip over the page to help do that), and the ball will float out.