If you’re looking for advice on how to improve your game from the sand, look no further than Rickie Fowler. The American star has ranked first and 12th in Sand Save percentage on the PGA Tour in 2017 and 2018, and on Thursday, Fowler took to his Instagram account to help share some handy tips.
So, what are Rickie’s keys from the sand? There are a few…
1. Feet More Square to Target
Lots of players like to set their feet open to the target line on bunker shots, but not Rickie. He says doing that forces him to “chop” down on the ball too much and catch it heavy, so Fowler actually works on trying to shallow his path with a more square setup.
2. Forward Ball Position
Pretty straightforward. Ball position farther up to prevent digging, which would tend to happen if it was farther back.
3. Keep the Clubface Open
Rickie says he works on “rolling” the clubface open on the backswing and then “holds” it open on the way through. His feeling is that the right knuckles stay facing toward the ground on the way through the shot, and that the clubface ends the swing pointing to the sky.
4. Clubhead Passes Hands
As you follow through, the clubhead should release its hinge in a way that it outpaces the hands on the follow through, which Rickie says will help you “use the sole and bounce of the club.”
It’s that simple! And Rickie proved it by putting all four of those keys to work and lofting one over GOLF Top 100 Teacher Claude Harmon’s head on video. Check it out:
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Bunkers…some of my favorite shots…stay more square to target…you don’t need to get super steep or aim left(as a righty) and chop down on it…I like the ball position off the front foot…roll the toe open on the takeaway and then hold that through the swing…this will allow you to keep your right knuckles down through impact and the club face pointing up at the sky after impact…this will let the club pass your hands helping you use the sole and bounce of the club 🎥cred @claudeharmon3