Being stuck in the bunkers or the sand trap is definitely not where you want to end up! If you have been branded a bad bunker player, then you need to learn as much as you can about how to play golf bunker shots. Your score depends on it!
This article will give you three tips on how to escape the sand trap to get you back onto the green quickly and easily.
Get Handy With The Sandy
There is a wrong way to use the sand wedge and a right way. The wrong way is to use it like a shovel and dig it into the sand. The right way is to focus on a spot roughly two inches directly behind the golf ball. This spot is what you want to hit instead of directly on the golf ball.
This may sound counter-intuitive but it is the way to play sand shots. The shot should be delivered with an open stance with the clubface open and facing the target. If the sand under your feet is very soft, open the clubface even more.
For best results let the clubface slide under the ball on impact and make sure you do not hit down at the ball. Weight should be distributed towards your left foot and you should swing at 80% full speed. Also make sure you do not ground the club in the sand.
Keep Your Cool
Landing in in the bunker can bring about feelings of fear, anger and frustration, in even the most experienced of golfers. With this chemical cocktail of emotions coursing through your bloodstream do you think you will be at your best? No way!
The sad truth is, most golfers will be beaten before they even try to get out of the bunker. Negativity and flashbacks of past bunker nightmares can start corrupting the mind and make it near impossible to escape the sand trap. The key is to keep your cool, relax, think positively and do not let any negative emotions get the better of you. If you do it will usually lead to you violently swinging your club around and using sloppy technique. This will get you nowhere fast and the ball will happily stay snuggled into the sand.
Get In The Bunkers
Not many golfers like bunker practice but it is an essential skill to master. If you want to be the best that you can be, you need to do the things the majority of golfers turn their back on. Each time you practice spend about 10 – 30 minutes focusing specifically on bunker play until you have a consistent shot and feel confident about escaping the sand trap quickly and effectively.
Learning how to play bunker shots won’t be hard if you focus on these three areas: Know your sand wedge and how to use it properly, learn to keep a cool head, get in the bunkers and practice regularly.