AC­CEL­ER­ATE UN­DER THE BALL

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

To hit a green­side bunker shot, the big thing is to get your swing speed in the right place. Am­a­teurs tend to swing back fast, prob­a­bly be­cause they hate these shots, then de­cel com­ing down and bury the club in the sand. I try to make a longer, slower swing that builds speed through the sand (right). I think of Fred Cou­ples: His bunker swing has no speed go­ing back and tons of it un­der the ball.

The other thing you need is club­face loft to push the ball up and out. Open the face at ad­dress, and play the ball up by your front foot. From there, make that long, re­laxed swing that’s speedy at the bot­tom. I tell guys in pro-ams who can’t play a bunker shot to hit it fat with a re­ally big swing. It works.

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