Play the “nip-spin­ner” for bite

Golf Digest Middle East - - Play Your Best -

his is a spicy shot. The risk of skulling the ball over the green is high, so you’ll even see pros back off a lit­tle. If you truly go for it, it’s im­per­a­tive that you strike the sand scar­ily close to the back edge of the ball, prob­a­bly less than half an inch away. You whip the club­face through with a lot of speed, though here I’d say it’s gen­er­ated more with the hands than the big mus­cles. This shot is use­ful from any stance, but it’s usu­ally most nec­es­sary when you’re on the downs­lope of a bunker. De­spite the ter­rain run­ning away from you, you need to find a way to make the ball siz­zle and check when it strikes the green. To get cen­tered over the ball like a nor­mal bunker shot, you’ll prob­a­bly need to stand wide and dip your front shoul­der. Keep the club­head mov­ing low and fast along the sur­face af­ter im­pact. Then ex­hale.

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