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Golf Article - How to Get Out of the Bunker


Correct posture in the bunker is important because it will help you to make a good shot and recover some lost ground. The first thing to do is twist your feet into the sand until you feel hardness underneath. A fat shot will be the result if you sink as you make your shot. Take an open stance with the ball set up off of your left heel. This will help promote the steeper swing path that you need to get out of the bunker.

For the bounce (bottom of the sand wedge) to work correctly, your clubface should be square to the flag. Keep your weight on your left side throughout the shot. Develop a smooth back swing and follow through of equal lengths. Your sand entry and exit points should be about two inches behind and in front of the ball respectively. If you simply slam your club into the sand and leave it there, your ball will stay there with it. Practice this without closing the face of your club until after ball contact – or at all.


If it is a buried lie, then close the face of the club in to help in entering the sand. You could also try a nine iron or a pitching wedge. As with the basic bunker shot, enter the sand 2 inches behind the ball. The ball will roll much further due to there being no backspin on it. If the ball is buried in the face of the bunker, don't despair. With a little practice you will almost certainly impress your friends in solving this problem. Don't try and scoop the ball out or swing up at it. The trick is to drive your sand wedge hard into the bunker bank just below it. It will jump straight out of the sand and trickle onto the green.

A good drill for getting a ball out of sand is this. Draw two parallel lines in the sand and practice making your sand wedge enter the sand about a half inch deep and exit about 4 to 6 inches further on. Don't use a ball for this, just practice shifting sand out. That's what should happen when you hit the real shot in a bunker. The club should take the sand out and the ball will go with it. After you smooth the sand, draw the lines again, then try it with a ball.


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