Member Log-in Sign Up Now!
Username: Password: Forgot Password?

Home | Golfing Events | Discount Golf
Public Courses (By City) | Public Course (By Name) | Public Course (By Price) | Course Reviews | Hole By Hole Reviews | Vote For Best Courses
Equipment Reviews | Golf Tips | Ask The Pros | Interviews | Golf Stories | Book Reviews
Personal Home Page | Manage Your Account | Check Email | Golf Handicap Tracker | Access Blogs
Golf Blog Home | Golf Story Blog | Golf Course Blog | Golf Tip Blog | Golf News Blog | Golf Travel Blog | Golf Equipment Blog
Book Golf Tee Times
Submit Listing | Homes Under $300K | Homes From $301 to 500K | Homes Over $500K
Find A Partner | Member Ads | Create Ads
    Golf Tee Times in Louisville, Kentucky

Bunker Play

by Mark Wickenden

Interestingly, the bunker shot is not a difficult shot for professionals. Statistics show they get it up and down with about the same regularity they would a green-side pitch. On the other hand, most amateurs are fearful of the shot and are usually happy to get the ball anywhere on the green. What is the big difference between a Professional and Amateur playing a bunker shot? The technique used, and the amount of time spent practicing the shot.

To be a successful bunker player the clubhead needs to consistently enter the sand at the same point. What follows is a brief outline of the correct setup and objectives:

  • Take your stance with your body line aiming left of your target(approx. 30 degrees).
  • Lay your sand wedge open.
  • Position the ball opposite your left heel, and swing along your body line, i.e. as if you were going to hit the ball 30 degrees left of the target.
  • Your weight should slightly favor your left side, which will naturally produces a somewhat steep back-swing.
  • Make a nearly full swing.
  • Aim to enter the sane approximately 4" behind the ball.

Hint: Visualize splashing the sand into the cup.

Correct setup is critical to the success of this shot, along with positioning the ball 4" forward of the low point of your swing. You should never try to help the ball into the air. Always hit down, into the sand and let the loft of the club produce the height necessary. The open clubface produces the bounce, preventing the clubhead from digging too deep into the sand.

An excellent exercise to gain consistency, is to draw a line in the practice bunker. Assume your setup so the line is 4" back of your left heel and practice entering the sand at the line- do this repeatedly until you can consistently have the clubhead clipping the line with every swing.

About Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | © 1997-2013 Golfbits Publishing Co.