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Why Use the Pendulum Putting Method

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Non Buried Shots from the Bunker Demand a Simple Approach

The non buried sand shot, the one unplugged and sitting there tantalizingly ready to hit, still strikes fear into the golfer who doesn’t have the confidence to execute the shot properly.  Executing this shot is not that difficult, and is much easier than the plugged lie.  But remember that even professional golfers get down in two from the bunker only half the time.  Although situations in a bunker vary from the easier to the impossible, a non buried bunker shot will be converted at a better rate than that.

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Club Head Entering the Sand

But even if you become proficient with this shot, don’t expect miracle results.  If we can get out of the bunker and down in two shots, that’s a bonus.  What we really have to do is to get up and down in three.

How to Create Effective Bunker Shots

If your shot is not plugged, the first thing to do is to check out the texture of the sand.  If is firm, you will need little bounce.  The lighter the sand is, the more bounce you will need, so as we describe in sand play, use the bounce to explode the sand through the ball After you have determined how the club will react to the sand you are playing, proceed as follows:

Open up the face of the sand wedge.

1.  Position the ball a little forward in your stance.

2.  Determine how far behind the ball you will hit by the length of the shot.  The farther behind the ball you hit, the more sand you will take, and the less distance the ball will travel.

3.  Hit closer to the ball (but don’t make actual contact with the ball) for longer shots.

4.  Focus not on the ball (for only this shot), but the sand.  That is your target.

5.  You don’t have to swing hard, but aggressively lead with your hands through the hitting area.  One of the common faults of the golfer who has trouble in sand is, because of lack of confidence they quit with their hands and try to scoop the ball out.  This causes the club face to “chili-dip” under the ball.

Another big difference between experienced bunker players and amateurs is how aggressively and confidently the experienced player explodes the ball out.  It is a true explosion shot, and you can’t be trying to finesse the ball out with any consistent success.  But that comes from success and confidence from knowing they can make the shot.

Two last points about sand play: your club cannot touch the sand prior to hitting the ball.  Grounding the club in any hazard is illegal.  Second, always remember to rake the sand after you for the next golfer, and enter and leave the trap from behind.  If rakes are not available, smooth the sand with your foot as best you can.




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