BUNKER PLAY, ROLL IT OUT

Kevin Smith looks at some as­pects of play­ing from a green­side bunker.

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENT -

Fac­ing this shot your first goal should be to make sure you get out! You def­i­nitely don't want to be play­ing your next shot from in­side the bunker again. This means se­lect­ing a club that has enough loft so that you can eas­ily carry the high lip in front. So here I have se­lected a 54 de­gree sand iron which should have more than enough loft to help get up and out.

Second is to en­sure that the ball will re­lease and roll upon land­ing on the green. And not pull up quickly leav­ing you a long putt mak­ing it hard to get up and down for only two shots.

So below are the keys to help you achieve a more de­sir­able re­sult.

01-02: SET UP The key to play­ing a bunker shot where you want the ball to roll out and not spin too much. Is to con­tact the sand much fur­ther be­hind the ball than nor­mal. By hav­ing more sand be­tween the ball and the club­face it will help re­duce the...

03 03: BACKSWING As you will be tak­ing more sand be­hind the ball. You will face more re­sis­tance through im­pact. So to en­sure you have enough swing speed through im­pact, make a slightly longer back swing than you nor­mally would.

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