Bunker Shots

Bunkers

One of the main reasons I see golfers struggle with bunker shots is down to the set-up they use before making their swing. Too often I see the shaft leaning forward and the hands too high at address. The sand iron is designed to work differently to other irons in the bag and this set-up doesn’t allow it to work effectively.

Bunkers

So lower your hands at address, make sure the ball is positioned forward in your stance, the weight is mainly on your left side and the butt of your club points towards your belly button. Make a normal, smooth swing, keeping your weight on the left side throughout, hitting the sand 2 - 3 cm or so behind the ball and completing your follow through as you finish forward towards the target.

Accelerate through the shot.  Too often I see players trying to hit a bunker shot but they do not have any speed going through the ball.  The club needs to hit the sand hard... it is momentum that carrries the ball out of the bunker.  Practice this regularly and you will develop feel for the distance the ball travels.

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See you on the practice tee!

Thinus Keller
PGA Head Golf Professional