Fair­way Bunker

My four keys for knock­ing it on the green

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

ark­ing your tee shot in the sand on a par 4 or par 5 doesn’t have to sen­tence you to a bo­gey or worse. You can ex­e­cute fair­way-bunker shots with con­sis­tency if you fo­cus on sta­bil­ity at ad­dress and con­trol dur­ing the swing. There’s one over­rid­ing swing thought you should use: Hit the ball solidly. Fol­low these four steps to set up suc­cess in the sand.

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Twist­ing your feet a lit­tle into the sand will give you a good, solid foun­da­tion over the ball. Also, roll your an­kles in­ward slightly. This will pre­vent you from sway­ing dur­ing the swing. These ad­just­ments help fa­cil­i­tate solid con­tact.

Hold­ing the club about 2-3 cen­time­tres shorter makes up for the amount you dug your feet into the sand. If you don’t do that, you risk hit­ting be­hind the ball – the big­gest mis­take you can make in a fair­way bunker.

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