GO IN-TO-IN IN SAND
Watch any tour pro play a standard bunker shot these days and you will see an action that works in-to-in, just like any normal golf shot. This is quite a diversion from the old wisdom in sand, which mandated cutting across the ball with an open face. In-to-in is proven to offer better strike quality and more accuracy, so if you want to improve your own sand play, build your action around the technique detailed here. To understand the basic approach to the in-to-in bunker shot, examine this image: it gives you the basic stance, ball position and swing shape that you’ll need to employ.
1. FOOT LINE
Aim your feet slightly left of parallel to the ball-target line – if the target is at 12, your foot line should point to around 11. We need your body to turn through with your swinging arms, and in sand this isn’t so easy; this open stance gives your lead hip a little extra assistance in clearing.
2. TARGET LINE
Naturally this line remains parallel to the ball-target line at any point between the ball and your feet.
3. SWING PATH
This is perhaps a slightly curvier representation of the journey we want the club to take, but it’s important you visualise the swing path in bunkers very much as in-to-in. This gets you out of the old out-to-in way of thinking and encourages you to swing at the target, not across it.
4. BALL POSITION
Play the ball forward of centre, under your lead chest. This promotes impact with the club moving in the level section at the base of its arc – ideal for the shallow sand divot that gives you control over contact and the ball.
From that basic concept of how we are going to stand and swing in bunkers, make two more changes to your address to improve your action...
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