‘Listen for the ‘thump’ in greenside bunkers’
This is something I’ve discussed with a lot of really good bunker players, and it’s the only thing I practise in the sand. I listen to my shots. I know when I’ve made a good swing and proper contact just by the sound at impact, a distinctive ‘thump’ as the club goes through sand. If I’ve got speed and downward movement with the clubhead then I get a nice sound. I don’t get that sound if I’m too shallow. I was talking to Tony Johnstone recently while practising and he turned around just so he could focus on the sound. You can hear a good bunker shot like you can hear a good iron shot.