Before his clutch par putt on the final hole, Keegan Bradley made a nice out of a buried lie in the greenside bunker. The shot seems so tough for most golfers, but it doesn't have to be. PGA Professional Sara Dickson offers a great tip.
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Middle Atlantic PGA Section Teacher of the Year Joe Plecker explains that balance and stability are the keys to hitting long bunker shots. PGA Director of Instruction Rick Martino says to consider using a 9-iron for shots over 15-20 yards, and to use full backswing and body turn.
Tri-State PGA Section Teacher of the Year Matt Kluck instructs on how to match your shot type to your shotmaking abilities. He says to hit one of three types of shots: normal, safety or get-out.
I get out of soft and fluffy sand very well. However untended and unraked, wet, hard packed sand I tend to blade the ball so my open face, bounce exposed, slide the club under the ball obviously is the wrong technique.
I struggle from bunkers, especially in two cases. If the ball is perched in the sand, and I am green-side, how should I play the ball? I struggle with spin and consistency, and I am wondering if I should pick the ball clean or hit down on it.
A greenside bunker shot is so much easier than most think. It is nothing more than a "fat pitch." In a greenside bunker we want to hit the sand first.
1. Use a sand wedge- it's made for this shot! 2. Line the ball up with the front of your stance. 3. Open the clubface more than you think for fluffy, beach-type sand.
Similar to shots from the turf, greenside bunker shot techniques have changed over time with the advancement of wedges, sand, green surfaces, etc....Players should focus on staying more square to their target line with the body and the path of the swing. Using the bounce of the wedge and
Don't stand in one place hitting 30 pitch shots and then 30 bunker shots. Position yourself near the practice bunker. Hit a pitch shot. Then hit a bunker a shot. Then try a high lob shot. Then a bump and run. Then a bunker shot with some release.&n
If you're ball is sunny-side up in the bunker, its time to dig! Grab your wedge and setup with a middle ball position and a square clubface (try a slightly closed face if the lie is really buried). Your club must enter the sand just before the ball and you must follow through a
Consistency in your ball striking from a fairway bunker starts with proper club selection and set-up. It is important to set up with stability, because sand is an unstable environment. Select the club that has the proper loft for the ball to clear the face of the bunker. Your
For many, lost in the drama of the final hole struggles of Jim Furyk was the incredible up-and-down from Keegan Bradley from that buried lie in the bunker.
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