Fair­way Bunkers

To clip it, don’t drive your legs

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

It isn’t pretty watch­ing most golfers try to hit out of a fair­way bunker. The prob­lem is, they use their nor­mal swing. If you drive with your legs on the down­swing, like on regular shots from the grass, you sink in the sand and hit be­hind the ball. That’s no way to get to the green.

Fo­cus on two keys. First, stand tall at ad­dress and feel like you keep that height all the way through the shot. Sec­ond, swing a lit­tle eas­ier and with less leg ac­tion ( above). That will help you clip the ball off the top of the sand in­stead of driv­ing down into it. If you do it right, you’ll feel like your arms are swing­ing past your body through im­pact. A good swing thought is, More arms, less body.

One last thing on fair­way bunkers: Take a club with enough loft to clear the lip in front of you. If there’s no lip, take an ex­tra club be­cause you want to swing eas­ier.

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