The Note Tip
Imagine your ball in the middle of one
This is an extension, literally, of the “line drill” on the previous page. If you enter the sand before the ball, it’s a good start to the impact required in a bunker. But you still need to make a positive motion through the sand. I like thinking of the image of a fried egg, with the ball the yolk. The key is that you must hit the white albumen, not the yellow yolk. Here’s another one – think of the ball sitting in the middle of an imaginary brick – or even a note – in the sand. I’ve drawn one here around the edges of where it would be (A). I want you to think about entering the sand where the brick outline starts, and exit it where the outline ends. Remember, open the clubface before you take your grip, and then use the bounce to zip it through the sand. Do this with a nice positive action through the sand and the ball has no option but to float out, leaving a sand divot as long as the note (B). Follow these tips and before long, you will wonder why you ever struggled from sand.