Build your bunker sta­tion

Today's Golfer (UK) - - PETE COWEN -

Seve was the first guy to show every­body on tour how to hit a bunker shot prop­erly, so that when it hits the green it rolls out like a putt. He would stand square to the tar­get and re­lease the club into the sand, rather than cut­ting across it. If you stand wide open and swing across the line of your feet, you’ll cre­ate an aw­ful lot of side spin and have a long and thin divot. The ideal bunker divot should be oval, like a din­ner plate. This is how you do it… When prac­tis­ing, draw lines in the sand to give you a se­ries of ref­er­ence points. Start by sketch­ing a box in the sand, two inches in di­am­e­ter around the ball (1). Next, cre­ate a right an­gle by draw­ing a tar­get line (2) and a ball-po­si­tion line (3).

Take your stance ac­cord­ingly, with your left heel rest­ing on the ball-po­si­tion line. Keep­ing your left knee over your toe, flare the foot out at a 60-de­gree an­gle and then draw a toe line (4) so it points slightly left of the tar­get line.

From here, draw a swing line (5) so it sim­u­lates a slightly outto-in path and over­laps your tar­get line. As you take your set up again, draw a fi­nal line (6) to cre­ate a right an­gle from the cen­tre of your toe line. This acts as an im­por­tant vis­ual tool for the po­si­tion of your shaft and the cen­tre of your ster­num at ad­dress.

All that’s left to do is swing back, fol­low the swing path line and splash the face into the box (1). Just make sure you keep the club trav­el­ling through the sand to en­gage the bounce and keep the loft on the face.

Peo­ple al­ways say how dif­fi­cult the 40-yard bunker shot is, but that’s be­cause peo­ple un­der­cut the sand and fail to gen­er­ate the speed and pres­sure to get it that dis­tance. They then try and hit it harder, take too much sand and lose bal­ance.

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