THE SHORT SPLASH
Use a ‘butterfly’ grip to maximise the loft
There’s no shortage of advice on how to hit it close from the sand, but the real secret to playing great bunker shots is keeping the loft on the clubface from address through impact. Get that one thing right and your bunker play will improve instantly. To help me achieve this, I use what I call a butterfly grip to play the shot. Basically, I turn both hands inwards so that you can see more knuckles on both hands. Try it for yourself. You’ll find that you can swing confidently and aggressively through the ball without any fear of the clubhead digging deeply into the sand.