An odd but popular tournament putt in golf is the bunker shot. To explain it is easy. You’re behind a ball stuck in the sand, you take a slice back to the hole and, because the sand is there, you have less speed than normal and will often need to shift your weight to put the ball up.
For some people, getting within 20 yards of a bunker is the equivalent of hitting the ball 500ft. Then there are others who are close to hitting the ball 20 yards past the bunker. Thankfully, there are a few techniques and techniques to improving your bunker shots.
This is an article from our expert guide to hitting bunker shots. A bunker shot is still a difficult shot. What’s the secret to success?
- Watch the ball a little longer than you normally would. Pay attention to how far it’s traveling and when it starts to slow.
2. Your initial reaction on contact should be to think back to how you would reach out and release a normal shot.
3. Think about how far the ball is traveling and how you need to adjust.
4. Look for a slight slope. A slight slope in your stance helps you maintain your balance.
5. Be patient. Tackle your bunker shots from at least 35 yards and get down on the ball as close to the ground as possible. Not only will this increase your skill, but also the distance your ball is going to go.
6. Pick a line. On slopes, pick the target line. Get within a few yards of the target and aim for it. On a flat lie, aim for the bunkers.
7. Aim, aim and aim again. Aim for the middle. Never aim for the grass. Aim for the sand, or for the next bunker. Once you have got your line, aim at the target. Aiming at the ball is pointless because you’re not aiming at it to stop it from going into the bunker. Aim at the sand for the same reason.
8. Grab the club. Grab the club at the toe rather than the heel. It will prevent the club turning too much and you’ll be able to finish the shot. This takes your stance out of the equation and means that your center of gravity is not in the center of the clubface. You’re not also trying to bend the club to avoid the draw and fade you might feel is the right option.