Bunker Fun­da­men­tals

Make sure you don’t skimp on the swing

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

aving to re­peat a sand shot be­cause of a failed at­tempt is the ab­so­lute en­emy of good scores.To avoid that, you need a ba­sic green­side bunker shot that will get you on the putting sur­face ev­ery time.

In the bunker, set up so the sand wedge can do what it was de­signed to do: Glide along the sur­face of the sand. Open your

Hs­tance and the club­face and set the ball for­ward of cen­tre to get the club pre-set to skid this way. The open stance will en­cour­age a slightly steeper swing, which will al­low you to get un­der the ball. Don’t skimp on the length of your swing back and through. The sand will re­sist when you hit it, so it’s im­por­tant to keep your speed up all the way to a full nish to get the ball up and out. Con­trol dis­tance by open­ing the face and your stance more for shorter shots – not by slow­ing down your swing. Hank Haney

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