TOM WAT­SON

Copy Ser­gio Gar­cia’s sand tech­nique.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents 2/ 15 - – with Nick Seitz

I see a lot of am­a­teurs set up poorly in the sand, es­pe­cially with their lower bod­ies. They stand with their legs fairly straight and their body weight equal on both feet, like they would for a nor­mal iron shot. But when you do that in the sand, you tend to fall back on the down­swing and hit way be­hind the ball, or else thin it.

In­stead, copy Ser­gio Gar­cia ( above). He’s a very good bunker player, and a lot of it has to do with his setup. Not only does he favour his front foot when he ad­dresses the ball, he gets into a wider stance with his knees no­tice­ably bent and fac­ing to­wards the tar­get. This lower and wider stance keeps his lower body sta­ble and al­lows him to hit down and through the sand start­ing just be­hind the ball. And point­ing the knees some­what to­wards the tar­get helps him com­plete the swing, keep­ing the club­head mov­ing well past im­pact. The re­sult is a text­book bunker shot.

Ser­gio does a great job of driv­ing the club through the sand.

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