Play the “nip-spinner” for bite
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.