How to Escape Any Bunker, Any Time
Focus on your weight shift not your swing to blast sand shots close
By Bill Forrest
Top 100 Teacher
This story is for you if...
• You've been playing the game for years and still don't know how to get out of bunkers.
• You don't know whether you should open your club or your stance in the sand.
You struggle with sand shots, despite hours spent learning and practicing different techniques.
Why It's Happening
The problem is information overload. Over the years you've been told to open your stance, stand square to the ball, weaken your grip, keep your normal grip, open the face, keep the leading edge square, etc. The truth is, you can execute successful bunker shots doing any of these things.
Regardless of any move you make in your bunker swing, you must start with your weight left, and rotate more weight to the left. When you swing like this your club automatically bottoms out in the center of your stance. Now you can adjust the ball position based on the sand. If you're in soft, heavy sand, move the ball forward in your stance four inches to splash out a lot of sand with the ball. But if you're on wet, hard sand, keep the ball in the center and hit it and the ground at the same time. Always hit the sand first with the bounce of the club, not the leading edge.
ADDRESS Start with about 55 percent of your weight on your left side.
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BACKSWING As you swing the club back, keep that weight over your left side. No shifting or swaying!
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THROUGH IMPACT Rotate even more of your weight to the left side.
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FINISH At the end of your swing, all of your weight should be on your left side.
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