‘Lis­ten for the ‘thump’ in green­side bunkers’

Golf World (UK) - - XXXXXXXXXXXX -

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.

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