Your goal is to enter the sand about five centimetres behind the ball. Once you do that, the most important part of bunker technique comes into play: keeping the club moving. Swing down and through, sliding the clubhead right down your target line.
The swing key that’s going to help you most in the bunkers is: Keep your
speed up. Most amateurs I see let the club slow down or stop as soon as it strikes the sand. Don’t be afraid you’ll hit this shot too far. Trust that if you swing the clubhead into the sand behind the ball, it’ll propel the ball out high and soft and somewhere near the hole. Maybe it’ll become a day at the beach after all.
Natalie Gulbis has played the LPGA Tour since 2002 and has almost $5 million in earnings.