PLAYING FROM A DEEP BUNKER
One of the joys of coaching at one of this country's top golf courses, the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, is the many wonderful and testing bunkers dotted around this magical course.
Bunkers are daunting for many players, Kevin Smith gives some tips to help.
And of course there are many such
as this one I'm pictured in where they are nice and deep with a steep bank to have to get the ball up and over. Which not everyone finds easy of course.
↑ 01: One of the first keys to playing successfully out of a deep bunker is to have the right equipment. And for me this is using the most lofted club in the bag my 58 degree lob wedge.
→ 02: SET UP Now that you have the right club in hand, we want to then establish the following set up keys. All designed to pop the ball up nice and high. • Ball position slightly
forward of centre. • An open club face
and stance. • Feet buried nice and deeply into the sand providing a nice solid base. • A wide stance with the knees also out wide as demonstrated. • Posturally we want to create a nice low centre of gravity, so sitting down low as can be seen in pic 2 with also lowering or flattening the lie angle of the club will help lower the centre gravity as well as increase the clubs loft.