Sham­poo shot

‘Throw’ sand over your shoul­der for bet­ter sand con­tact

Today's Golfer (UK) - - Fault Fixer -

Fault: The club dig­ging in to the sand Fix: Re­tain club­face loft

In green­side bunkers, we want the sand wedge to skim the sand rather than dig down into it. The club is de­signed to as­sist you through its sole bounce. But you can in­crease this ef­fect by ro­tat­ing the face open at ad­dress, which also adds loft to the face, help­ing you clear the lip. But set­ting the face open is only part of the story; you also need to make a swing that stops the face squar­ing into im­pact. This drill will help you – though you might need a hair­wash af­ter­wards...

Over-throw Make a com­plete back­swing and try to throw the sand on the face over your shoul­der, to the tar­get. If you man­age it, your loft is in­tact; the toe of the club­head will point straight down, or even a lit­tle be­hind you. Head in the sand A squarer face makes con­tact a dig­ging im­pact more likely. If your club­face shows any sign of squar­ing up dur­ing the back­swing, you’ll in­stantly know about it be­cause the sand will slide off, usu­ally on to your head! Sand pile Open up your sand wedge, un­til its grooves face the sky. This cre­ates that ex­tra bounce and face loft. The hit­ting sur­face is now flat enough for you to col­lect a pile of sand on it. Hover the club with the sand on top and take your reg­u­lar grip. Avoid a grain drain Make a cou­ple of slow-mo­tion take­aways, sim­ply mov­ing the club back so its shaft is just short of par­al­lel. Your goal is to keep the sand on the face. Achieve that and you’ll have re­tained the ex­tra sole bounce and loft you set at ad­dress. TG TOP 50 SI­MON PAYNE COWGLEN GC, GLAS­GOW Scot­tish Golf De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre coach and Fel­low of the PGA

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