‘Use a PW with your nor­mal tech­nique for mid-range bunker shots’

Golf World (UK) - - Tour Tips - AN­THONY WALL

It’s a well-known fact that the 40-yard bunker shot is one of the most dif­fi­cult in the game. Not even the top pro­fes­sion­als look for­ward to that length of shot from the sand! The rea­son it’s so tough is be­cause cre­at­ing the right con­tact and judg­ing the dis­tance the ball will fly and re­lease is one of the hard­est as­pects of golf, es­pe­cially when it’s longer than your stan­dard green­side bunker splash shot. In fact, get­ting down in three shots from a po­si­tion like this is never bad ef­fort even for a tour pro.

Nor­mal bunker tech­nique Open the club­face a lit­tle, align your body just left of tar­get and put the ball just for­ward of cen­tre. A nor­mal swing and con­tact two or three inches be­fore the ball will send the ball about 40 yards. Tra­jec­tory con­trol This smaller im­age shows ex­actly the same swing and con­tact point in the sand – but with a sand wedge. The ball has launched higher, will spin more and stop more quickly. That’s why this longer shot re­quires a club with un­der 50° loft. Re­duce the loft A lot of ama­teurs au­to­mat­i­cally reach for a SW and try to hit the ball fur­ther by swing­ing harder or clip­ping it off the sand, which is very dif­fi­cult to do. Sim­ply switch to a less-lofted PW to get more carry dis­tance and re­lease.

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