Mas­ter­ing Bunker Shots First Tip: You’ve got to stick the land­ing

Golf Digest Middle East - - Play Your Best / Bunker Basics - BY STAN UT­LEY —WITH MATTHEW RUDY

When some­body asks what the se­cret to great bunker play is, I an­swer with this sim­ple sen­tence: It’s where, when and how to land the club in the sand. Once you un­der­stand the en­gi­neer­ing built into your wedge, you can make a swing that looks a lot like your reg­u­lar one ( above)— on plane, with nor­mal wrist hinge and back­swing turn—not some arms-only swing from a dra­mat­i­cally open stance like you might have been taught. With some guid­ance, you’ll start con­trol­ling dis­tance, di­rec­tion and spin. In other words, you’ll hit bunker shots bet­ter than ever.

WHO­EVER TOLD YOU TO HIT TWO INCHES BE­HIND THE BALL WASN’T HELP­ING YOU TO HIT A GREAT BUNKER SHOT.”

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