ES­CAPE ANY BUNKER

How to get over a high lip.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Stacy Lewis

This might go against your in­stinct when you’re in a bunker with a high lip, but the last thing you want to do is try to help the ball over the lip.When you try to force it up and over, it al­most al­ways comes out lower and slams into the face. In­stead, do what I do.

First, try this drill.The big­gest dif­fer­ence between hit­ting out of a nor­mal bunker and one with a high lip is the amount of sand you need to take.To get the ball up quickly, your club should strike a lot more sand, and this drill will help teach you how much. Draw a cir­cle in the bunker about four inches in di­am­e­ter around your ball. Now get in your ad­dress po­si­tion, play­ing the ball off your front foot. Be­fore swing­ing, pick the ball up so all that’s left is the cir­cle.We’ll get back to that, but first, two more things about ad­dress: Dig your feet in so you have a solid base, and open the face of your wedge be­fore grip­ping the club. I know open­ing the face can freak out some am­a­teurs, but don’t be scared. In a bunker, your wedge is de­signed to work when it’s open like this. In fact, you should keep the face open through­out the shot.

Now here’s a key thought:When you swing, think about putting your hands into your left pocket as you come through.You can see me swing­ing to­ward my left pocket here.This forces the club to exit low, left and open, and cut­ting across the ball like this helps get it up quickly.

Back to the goal of the drill. I want you to make the cir­cle dis­ap­pear.To do that, you’re go­ing to have to hit the sand a few inches be­hind where the ball would be, and swing through it with some ef­fort.That’s the feel­ing you want mov­ing through the sand in a high-lip sit­u­a­tion. Prac­tice the cir­cle drill with my swing thought of get­ting into that left pocket, and you’ll make this shot a lot eas­ier than it looks. –with keely levins stacy lewis is a 12-time win­ner on the LPGA Tour, in­clud­ing two ma­jors.

“Don’t be shy: Take plenty of sand to get over a high lip.”

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