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Improve Your Sand Shots Around the Green

7 Tips to Improve Your Sand Shots

Bunker shots scare most golfers, so before you can improve your sand shots you must develop confidence. That of course comes with practice. Golf pros and low handicap amateurs prefer to be in a bunker instead of long grass nearby the green. The main reason for this is it’s simpler to manage spin and distance from a bunker. A golf bunker shot requires displacing the sand under the golf ball instead of striking the golf ball itself. Let’s focus on how to hit more consistent sand shots and boost our bunker play.


Clip the Tee

Pretend there is a tee under the golf ball. Focus on clipping the tee and not hitting at the ball. This will alleviate any nervousness you may have about leaving the golf ball in the bunker. Make sure you see a spot under the ball once it has left its place.

Move the Sand

The only objective when striking a bunker shot is to move the sand. Don’t consider hitting the golf ball. Rather, focus on moving the sand under the ball. Remember, the sand should propel the ball ahead without the club face ever creating contact with the golf ball. You’ll get up and down more over and shave strokes off your score.

Stay Aggressive

Take a nice long golf swing and follow through. Be aggressive with your tempo. Don’t be afraid to generate a powerful swing at the ball. Lastly, see the ball go into the hole.

Open Your Club face and Stance

For a fundamental golf bunker shot, open up the club face and then take the grip. This will result in proper club and hand position at impact. Next, open your stance and play the golf ball off your left heel. This will assure the club face stays open. Remember, swing through the ball and not at the ball, and the higher loft of the sand wedge will pop the ball up.

Weight on Left Side

Start off with your weight on the left side and retain it there. Don’t sway during the back swing.

Light Grip Pressure

Maintain light grip pressure all through the swing. This will permit the club head to swing with no manipulation and lead to a high shot landing softly on the green. The affect will be much more control of the golf ball from the bunker.

Consistent Back Swing Length

Use a back swing of similar length for green-side bunker play. Constantly regulate the distance you wish the ball to carry by the length of your follow through.

Maintain Flex in Knees

Keep the knees flexed through the golf swing and maintain a consistent golf club head position. Dig the feet into the sand to assure a strong base for the swing.

Most important, don’t try to help the ball from the sand and let your club do the work. The next time you practice your bunker play work on these bunker fundamentals. Devote one hour or so weekly working on your golf bunker play and you will enhance your sand shots and decrease your scores.


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