Take a tip from the top: Tour stars Jon Rahm, Soren Kjeldsen and Haotong Li teach you the ways of Tour-grade golf.
I have three bunker shots in my repertoire. For a regular shot, I want the ball to run out on landing without too much spin. When I’m attacking a tight pin, or I’m short-sided, I’ll play a spinny shot that flies high and stops quickly. And when I’ve got a lot of green to work with, I’ll play an intentional chunk-andrun where I take more sand so the ball comes out lower and rolls more. But my advice is to focus on the regular splash and get good at that. It’ll help you in 90 per cent of situations. Let me show you how.
For a standard or spinning splash shot, you want two things: clubhead speed and clubface loft. To help achieve this, I like to play the ball well forward in my stance and set as much weight as possible on my front foot. As you can see here, I set my hands back a little so they’re almost behind the ball. That creates more angle in my left wrist, which adds loft to the clubface. A good check to see if you’re doing this correctly is to look at the shaft angle. You want it either vertical like I have it here, or slightly leaning away from the target.